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.
“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.”
“This is the arrival of a major talent, and a hell of a movie.”
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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|Music Box Theatre||Chicago||IL||1535083200August 24 - August 30, 2018|
|Living Room Theaters, Boca Raton||Boca Raton||FL||1534478400August 17 - August 23, 2018|
|Landmark Chez Artiste||Denver||CO||1533873600August 10 - August 16, 2018|
|Landmark Lagoon Cinema||Minneapolis||MN||1533873600August 10 - August 16, 2018|
|Landmark Ken Cinema||San Diego||CA||1533268800August 3 - August 9, 2018|
|Landmark E Street Cinema||Washington||DC||1533268800August 3 - August 10, 2018|
|Landmark Midtown Art Cinema||Atlanta||GA||1533268800August 3 - August 9, 2018|
|Living Room Theaters||Portland||OR||1533268800August 3 - August 9, 2018|
|Austin Film Society||Austin||TX||1533268800August 3 - August 9, 2018|
|Landmark Kendall Square Cinema||Boston||MA||1532664000July 27 - August 2, 2018|
|Landmark Ritz at the Bourse||Philadelphia||PA||1532664000July 27 - August 9, 2018|
|Miami Dade College Tower Theater||Miami||FL||1532059200July 20 - August 2, 2018|
|Laemmle Playhouse 7||Pasadena||CA||1531540800July 14 - July 22, 2018|
|Laemmle Monica Film Center||Los Angeles||CA||1531454400July 13 - July 26, 2018|
|Santa Barbara International Film Festival / Riviera Theatre||Santa Barbara||CA||1530849600July 6 - July 12, 2018|
|IFC Center||New York||NY||1530244800June 29 - August 2, 2018|
|Cleveland International Film Festival||Cleveland||OH||1522814400April 4 - April 15, 2018|
|Miami International Film Festival||Miami||FL||1521086400March 15, 2018|
|Rendezvous with French Cinema||New York||NY||1520485200March 8 - March 18, 2018|
|Palm Springs International Film Festival||Palm Springs||CA||1514869200January 2 - January 15, 2018|
|AFI Silver Theatre||Silver Spring||MD||1512104400December 1, 2017 - January 21, 2018|
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