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'24 Days' a gripping, anguished account of a kidnapping
'24 Days' a gripping, anguished account of a kidnapping

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. French director Alexandre Arcady, who wrote the screenplay with Emilie Freche and Antoine Lacomblez, brings a gritty, bare-bones approach to the story of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Parisian taken and tortured in 2006 by a group that would come to be known as the Gang of Barbarians, mostly consisting of African immigrants. Freche co-wrote a book on the real-world events with Ilan's mother, Ruth. The film opens in late January of that year on an ordinary...