Written and Directed by Xavier Legrand.
Starring Denis Ménochet, Léa Drucker, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux.
Official Selection COLCOA 2018 (Coming Soon Award winner). Cesar 2019 winner for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Original Script, Best Editing.
In French with English subtitles.
A Kino Lorber release.|
The feature-length sequel to the director’s powerful Oscar-nominated short, Just Before Losing Everything, Custody recounts the harrowing post-divorce custody battle of the abused wife and violent, controlling husband of his previous film. Masterfully employing an icy, hyper-realistic style, totally devoid of music (which has been compared to the films of Maurice Pialat, Alfred Hitchcock and Claude Chabrol), the thriller comes to a slow boil, as tensions build and the situation becomes almost unbearable. Léa Drucker and Denis Ménochet reprise the roles they played in Legrand’s short with great complexity and nuance, while newcomer Thomas Gioria brilliantly captures all the conflicting feelings and terrors of the couple’s traumatized 11-year-old son.