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About the Movie
In January of 2006 a beautiful young woman walks into a Parisian cellphone shop, looks around, and asks for the sales attendant's number. Later, she calls asking to meet. Who could have known Ilan, the 23 year old man, was flirting with death? The next time his family hears from him is through a cryptic online message from kidnappers demanding ransom. French director Alexandre Arcady delivers one of the most “wrenching and politically astute” films to come out of France (Screen Daily). Based on a book co-written by Ilan’s mother, Ruth Halimi, Arcady’s cinematic adaptation offers a searing insight into his vicious ordeal, the violent world of the gang of Barbarians, and the harrowing experience of his family waiting and hoping the Police would save their son. For 24 days the Police, insistent upon handling the case as a normal for-ransom kidnapping, fail to recognize the anti-Semitic hatred of his abductors. Many opportunities to save Ilan are missed or squandered as his family receive nearly 700 phone calls, insults, threats, photographs and sound recordings of their tortured son.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 19
- Fresh: 15
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Sadly, "24 Days" isn't nearly as involving as it should be.
Fresh: Knowing the outcome behind the true-life tragedy "24 Days" doesn't diffuse the horror, the tension or the sadness of watching one family's drama unfold day after agonizing day when a son is kidnapped and hope dies.
Fresh: The film is not always subtle... but remains captivating as a pure procedural that raises questions about the Paris police's handling of such situations, as well as about the state of race relations in contemporary France.
Fresh: 24 Days takes strength from real-world specifics. But the most powerful thing about the movie is its rejection of omniscience. The crime it reconstructs is beyond understanding.
I am so tired of people giving bad reviews to movies because they are not in English and they have to read. This movie deserves 5 stars. The acting beats many Hollywood high budget movie and the action is non stop. WELL DONE!!
Very good reproduction of a true story
Characters are enthusiastic, can't miss it.
Very well done movie of a true life story. Lots of suspense, even if you know the outcome. I think worth the rental.