El 7º día (2004)

# 16132 IMDb

El 7º día (2004

(The 7th Day)

taglineThirty years of hatred. One bloody Sunday.

Director: Carlos Saura

Stars: César Vea, José Garcia, José Luis Gómez, Ana Wagener, Antonio de la Torre

Crime, Drama, Horror (1h 36min)

Spain Spain

Rated 6.8 after 1,037 votes on 16-Aug-19.

3 wins & 14 nominations


In an isolated village in Extremadura (Spain), the Jiménez and Fuentes families have a violent history of land disputes, jealousy, envy, and violence.


Carlos Saura (director) José Garcia Eulàlia Ramon Yohana Cobo Irene Escolar Victoria Abril Ana Wagener

José Garcia (José), Eulàlia Ramon (Carmen (as Eulalia Ramón)), Yohana Cobo (Isabel), Irene Escolar (Antonia), Alejandra Lozano (Encarnación), Victoria Abril (Luciana), Ana Wagener (Ángela), Juan Diego (Antonio), José Luis Gómez (Emilio), Ramon Fontserè (Jerónimo (as Ramón Fontseré)), Juan Sanz (Amadeo), Lilla Annechino (Luciana Joven), Oriol Vila (Chino), Carlos Hipólito (Tonto), Carlos Kaniowsky (Raúl), Elia Galera (Clara), Emilio Gavira (Hombre Pequeñito), Antonio de la Torre (Cabo Guardia Civil), Joaquín Notario (Sargento Guardia Civil), Mariano Peña (Psiquiatra), Juli Mira (Hombre de Negocios), César Vea (Camionero), Mariví Bilbao (Araceli), Concha Gómez Conde (Dolores), Mariola Ruiz (Vendedora Lencería), Carmen Arévalo (Costurera), Claudia Traisac (Isabel Niña (as Claudia Hernández)), Anna Saura Ramón (Antonia Niña (as Anna Saura)), Natalia López (Encarnación Niña), Juanma Rodríguez (Encargado), Fernando Lage (Encargado Güisquería), Raquel Pérez (Chica Güisquería), Yalitza Hernández (Chica Güisquería (as Yanitza Hernández)), José María Sacristán (Veraneante), Trinidad Rugero (Dependienta Relojería (as Trini Rugero)), Aida García Vega (Amiga Isabel), Víctor Rivas (Cliente Bar), Rafael Palmero (Cliente Bar), David Castillo (Niño Incendio), Lola Baldrich (Herself (archive footage) (as Objetivo Birmania))...

From the same director


Produced by

Andrés Vicente Gómez (producer), Marco Gómez (associate producer), Pierre-Richard Muller (associate producer)



Thirty years of hatred among two families facing each other and terminating into a burst of violence . It took place one bloody Sunday . "The 7th Day" is based on real events but the roles are fictitious as there happened ¨The Puerto Hurraco massacre¨, it was a mass murder that occurred in Puerto Hurraco, a village in Benquerencia de la Serena municipality in the Province of Badajoz, Spain on August 26, 1990, when brothers Antonio and Emilio Izquierdo fired at people in the streets with two shotguns, killing nine and wounding at least six others. The perpetrators used two 12-gauge shotguns to cause the slaughter . The two then fled, but were arrested a couple of hours later and eventually sentenced each to 684 years in prison.

This interesting film deals with a tragedy of human emotions pushed over the edge . This hard picture is well set in Spain of the late 8os , as some unfortunate events and disputes lead toward more frequent and angrier facing off , when two men set out a planned vendetta that terminates a final slaughter . Its style is pretty much sour , dry and realistic as well in the atmosphere as in the fresh dialog . ¨El Septimo Dia¨ or "The Seventh Day" shows the miseries of some amoral characters and their bloody vengeance . This film describes the rural life , including dances , character studio of local people and an enjoyable love story among a young couple . The film holds some similarity to Saura's former films such as ¨The chase¨ or ¨La caza¨ and ¨Dispara¨ or ¨Outrage , in which revenger people pick up their rifles and execute a criminal spree . Well played by known and prestigious actors such as Juan Diego , Victoria Abril , Jose Luis Gomez and Jose Garcia . And a fine plethora of notorious secondaries such as Ana Wagener , Carlos Kaniowsky , Elia Galera , Carlos Hipolito , Mariano Peña , Marivi Bilbao , brief acting by Antonio De la Torre as Cabo Guardia Civil and Eulalia Ramon , Carlos Saura's wife . And introducing three little girls such as Yohana Cobo as Isabel , Irene Escolar as Antonia and Alejandra Lozano as Encarnación . Good production design by Rafael Palmero and correctly reflecting the atmosphere by that time . Splendid photography with juicy atmosphere by Francois Lartigue . Being appropriately filmed on location , showing one colorful filming from Otero de Herreros, Segovia, Castilla y León, Spain . Atmospheric musical score by Roque Baños who composes a soundtrack plenty of Andalucian and Flamenco songs . Baños is a successful composer such as ¨Fragiles¨ , ¨The Machinist¨ , ¨Sexy beast¨ , ¨800 bullets¨ and composing Hollywood pictures such as ¨Old Boy¨ .

The motion picture perfectly produced by magnificent producer Andres Vicente Gomez was rightly directed by Carlos Saura , a good Spanish movies director . He began working in cinema in 1959 when he filmed ¨Los Golfos ¨(1962) dealing with juvenile delinquency from a sociological point of view . And of course ¨La Caza¨ or ¨The Chase¨ (1966) his most successful film , this picture deservedly won Silver Bear in the Berlin Festival . Saura is a well recognized filmmaker both nationally and internationally, and in proof of it he won many prizes among which there are the following ones : Silver Bear in Festival of Berlin for Peppermint Frappé (1967), Special Jury Awards in Cannes for La Prima Angélica (1974), and for Cría Cuervos in 1975. All of them shot at the height of his creativity, in a period cultural difficult, where the enormous censorship of the political regime exacerbated the ingenuity and imagination of the scriptwriters . Also, the film Mamá Cumple Cien Años (1979) got an Oscar nomination in 1979 as the best foreign film , and it also won the Special Jury Award at the San Sebastian Festival . He subsequently made ¨Deprisa , Deprisa¨ based on facts about juvenile delinquency in Spain since the 80s , as he tried to take a position in favour of outcast people and he got to make a both lyric and documentary-style cinema . In 1990, he won two Goyas , the Spanish Oscar , as best adapted screenplay writer and best director . Saura became an expert on Iberian musical adaptations as ¨Carmen¨ , ¨Amor Brujo¨ , ¨Bodas De Sangre¨ , ¨Sevillanas¨ ,¨Iberia¨ , ¨Salome¨, ¨Fado¨, ¨Flamenco¨ and even recently Opera as ¨Io , Don Giovanni¨


3 wins & 14 nominations 
Butaca Awards • Camerimage • Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain • Goya Awards • Montréal World Film Festival • Spanish Actors Union

Other titles

El 7º día ((original title)) • O Sétimo Dia (Brazil) • Седмият ден (Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)) • Le 7ème jour (France) • A hetedik nap (Hungary) • Siódmy dzien (Poland) • O 7º Dia (Portugal) • Седьмой день (Russia) • The 7th Day (World-wide (English title)) • The Seventh Day (World-wide (English title))



Argentina:16 / Australia:M / Brazil:16 / Hungary:16 / Portugal:M/16 / Spain:18 / Switzerland:14 / Switzerland:14



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