Custody

Winner
Directors to Watch
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Winner
TVE Otra Mirada Award
San Sebastián International Film Festival
Winner
Luigi De Laurentiis Award
Venice Film Festival
Scintillating...executed flawlessly.

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Custody

A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle with an embattled son at the center in this domestic thriller that keeps audiences guessing and leaves them with their hearts in their throats. Miriam and Antoine Besson have divorced, and Miriam (Léa Drucker) is seeking sole custody of their son Julien (Thomas Gioria) to protect him from a father she claims is violent. Antoine (Denis Ménochet) pleads his case as a scorned dad whose children have been turned against him by their vindictive mother. Unsure who is telling the truth, the appointed judge rules in favor of joint custody. A hostage to the escalating conflict between his parents, Julien is pushed to the edge to prevent the worst from happening. Director Xavier Legrand has cited Kramer vs. Kramer, The Shining, and The Night of the Hunter as inspirations for Custody. A companion piece to his Academy Award®-nominated short film Just Before Losing Everything, the film won him the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival.
Not Rated
Genre
French Cinema, Drama
Runtime
93
Language
French
Director
Xavier Legrand
Writer(s)
Xavier Legrand
Cast
Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria
Awards:
Winner, Directors to Watch, Palm Springs International Film Festival
Winner, TVE Otra Mirada Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival
Winner, Luigi De Laurentiis Award, Venice Film Festival
Winner, Silver Lion, Venice Film Festival
Nominee, Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival
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FEATURED REVIEW
Peter Debruge, Variety

My heart practically stopped on several occasions while watching writer-director Xavier Legrand’s “Just Before Losing Everything,” which depicts, practically in real time, the white-knuckle moments in which an abused wife manages to pry herself away from a dangerous and controlling husband. That ...

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