VIFF 2014: 24 Days is a slick effort

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      24 Days (France)  

      This slick effort dramatizes true events from 2006, when a psychopathic African immigrant kidnapped a young working-class Jew of Moroccan descent and tortured him for almost a month while waiting for a king’s ransom that never came. Although the staging is adequately unpleasant, the movie feels like a routine thriller, and it mostly misses the larger context provided by last year’s Jews & Money, a doc that centred on this sickening crime’s place in a seemingly ineradicable strain of anti-Semitism in European history.

      SFU, October 2 (4 p.m.); Centre, October 6 (9:15 p.m.)