GenreCrime, Drama, Horror Budget3.4 million CAD CountryCanada
Release dateJanuary 22, 2010 (2010-01-22) WriterPatrick Senecal (adaptation), Patrick Senecal (novel) CastClaude Legault (Bruno Hamel), Rémy Girard (Hervé Mercure), Martin Dubreuil (Anthony Lemaire), Fanny Mallette (Sylvie), Rose-Marie Coallier (Jasmine Hamel), Alexandre Goyette (Michel Boisvert) Similar moviesSalt, I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Mad Max: Fury Road, Bloody Moon, Furious 7, Irreversible
7 Days (French: Les 7 jours du talion, "The 7 Days of Retaliation") is a 2010 Canadian thriller film directed by Daniel Grou and starring Claude Legault. The screenplay was written by Patrick Senécal and based on his novel Les sept jours du talion.
The ordinary life of surgeon Bruno Hamel (Claude Legault) is destroyed when his daughter Jasmine (Rose-Marie Coallier) is raped and murdered in a park. Upon learning that the police apprehended the prime suspect, laborer Anthony Lemaire (Martin Dubreuil), Hamel plans to take revenge. He abducts Lemaire while he is being brought to his trial by drugging the officer driving the transport vehicle and brings him to a secluded cabin. Using a remote-controlled computer to conceal his location, Hamel calls the police to inform them that he plans to murder Lemaire in seven days, the seventh day being Jasmine's birthday. After killing him, Hamel will give himself up to the police.
Police detective Mercure (Rémy Girard) leads the investigation to discover Hamel's whereabouts. Mercure himself suffered a personal tragedy when his wife was killed during a grocery store robbery. Though Mercure acknowledges that the imprisonment of his wife's killer has not made his life more bearable, he becomes determined to stop Hamel before he commits murder.
Over the course of the seven days, Hamel brutally tortures Lemaire. Initially frightened and in incredible pain, Lemaire starts to accept his fate and mocks Hamel for not enjoying himself as he inflicts painful injuries on him. Lemaire eventually admits to raping and murdering Jasmine, along with three other girls. Hamel contacts a news station to have the families of Lemaire's victims informed about his captive's confession. When the mother of one of Lemaire's victims disapproves of his actions, Hamel kidnaps her and forces her to see Lemaire.
By the seventh day, the police locate Hamel's cabin. Hamel gives himself up and lets Lemaire live. As the police lead him away, a reporter asks him if he still believes vengeance is right. Hamel responds with a "No." However, when asked if he regrets what he has done, he gives the same answer.
Claude Legault as Bruno Hamel
Rémy Girard as Hervé Mercure
Martin Dubreuil as Anthony Lemaire
Fanny Mallette as Sylvie Hamel
Rose-Marie Coallier as Jasmine Hamel
Alexandre Goyette as Michel Boisevert
Dominique Quesnel as Maryse Pleau
Pascale Delhaes as Diane Masson
Pascal Contamine as Gaétan Morin
Daniel Desputeau as Gilles, Médecin
Release and reception
The film premiered on 22 January 2010 at Sundance Film Festival, as World Premiere.
Upon release, critics reacted favorably towards the film. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a tomatometer rating of 83%, based on 12 reviews.