Custody (15)

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In the tradition of Pialat and the Dardennes, Xavier Legrand's debut feature mines the depths of a family's dysfunction, in a gripping realist tale of parents battling over their child.

After a bitter divorce, Miriam (Léa Drucker) and Antoine (Denis Ménochet) battle for sole custody of their son, Julien (Thomas Gioria). Miriam claims the father is violent but lacks proof. Antoine accuses her of manipulating their son for her own ends. Both sides seem to be hiding something; the truth is buried in deceit and jealousy. When the judge awards joint custody, Julien becomes a pawn in a tense conflict that soon brings the family’s fraught past to light.

Winner of prestigious awards at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, including the Silver Lion for best director, Custody is a gripping, tension-filled drama that heralds a stunning new cinematic voice in Xavier Legrand. Legrand’s mastery of building suspense, supported by exceptional performances from Denis Ménochet, Léa Drucker and Thomas Gioria, marks this out as one of the must-see films of 2018.

France 2017 Dir Xavier Legrand 93 min

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