Custody

Directed by Xavier Legrand

Year: 2018
Running Time: 93
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitiles
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Custody

Cast
Denis Ménochet
Léa Drucker
Thomas Gioria
Mathilde Auneveux

Crew
Directed by Xavier Legrand


A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle with an embattled son at the center in this domestic thriller that will keep audiences guessing and leave 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.

Reviews

“Critic’s Pick! Legrand... gives this closely observed drama the tension and urgency of a thriller.”

"Worth every minute… impossible to forget. Crackles with low key but intense emotional involvement."

"Powerful... exquisitely acted... one of the most realistic and heartbreaking performances by a child actor I’ve ever seen."

“Simmering entertainment that amounts to required viewing. Viewers… won’t be surprised to learn that Legrand counts among his influences Hitchcock, Haneke, Chabrol and Kubrick."

 

“A film of true skill, insight and present-day relevance, Custody is one of the finest movies that came out of 2018.”

“With unforgettable performances and a precise visual style to ratchet up the suspense at every turn, Legrand shows himself as an artist worth remembering.”

"The most dazzling fusion of grim social realism and giddy genre thrills since Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days."

"Somewhere between Hitchcock and Chabrol, a thriller that keeps you nailed to your seat."

"An incredible tour de force. Exceptionally masterful and intense."

“We will be seeing much more of this filmmaker in the years to come.”

“Gripping. Superbly-performed. Truly merit[s] the term ‘discovery.’” 

 

“Electric and unpredictable.”

"Razor-sharp."

“This is the arrival of a major talent, and a hell of a movie.”



Awards

  • Silver Lion – Venice Film Festival

  • Variety's 10 Directors to Watch – Palm Springs Film Festival

  • Audience Award – Glasgow Film Festival

  • Audience Award – San Sebastián Film Festival

  • Coming Soon Award – COLCOA French Film Festival in Los Angeles

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Music Box Theatre Chicago 1535083200August 24 - August 30, 2018
Living Room Theaters, Boca Raton Boca Raton 1534478400August 17 - August 23, 2018
Landmark Chez Artiste Denver 1533873600August 10 - August 16, 2018
Landmark Lagoon Cinema Minneapolis 1533873600August 10 - August 16, 2018
Landmark Ken Cinema San Diego 1533268800August 3 - August 9, 2018
Landmark E Street Cinema Washington 1533268800August 3 - August 10, 2018
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema Atlanta 1533268800August 3 - August 9, 2018
Living Room Theaters Portland 1533268800August 3 - August 9, 2018
Austin Film Society Austin 1533268800August 3 - August 9, 2018
Landmark Kendall Square Cinema Boston 1532664000July 27 - August 2, 2018
Landmark Ritz at the Bourse Philadelphia 1532664000July 27 - August 9, 2018
Miami Dade College Tower Theater Miami 1532059200July 20 - August 2, 2018
Laemmle Playhouse 7 Pasadena 1531540800July 14 - July 22, 2018
Laemmle Monica Film Center Los Angeles 1531454400July 13 - July 26, 2018
Santa Barbara International Film Festival / Riviera Theatre Santa Barbara 1530849600July 6 - July 12, 2018
IFC Center New York 1530244800June 29 - August 2, 2018
Cleveland International Film Festival Cleveland 1522814400April 4 - April 15, 2018
Miami International Film Festival Miami 1521086400March 15, 2018
Rendezvous with French Cinema New York 1520485200March 8 - March 18, 2018
Palm Springs International Film Festival Palm Springs 1514869200January 2 - January 15, 2018
AFI Silver Theatre Silver Spring 1512104400December 1, 2017 - January 21, 2018


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