One of the most astonishing film debuts in recent memory, Xavier Legrand’s heart-stopping drama charts a family’s struggles with the fallout of divorce, and the resulting arrangements for the two children.

Jusqu’à la garde
Director: Xavier Legrand
Cast: Léa Drucker, Denis Menochet, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux
Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: France

MMature themes, violence and coarse language


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Custody

★★★★ 1/2
“Outstanding. Economical, brilliantly acted, thought-provoking and, towards the end, nail-bitingly suspenseful. It’s a must-see for lovers of cinema, and in addition it has something of vital importance to say about the society in which we live today.”
David Stratton, THE AUSTRALIAN

★★★★
“Extraordinary. Distinguished by truly outstanding performances and beautifully disciplined filmmaking. I was so impressed by this film I had to see it again only to have my original reaction reinforced.”
Margaret Pomeranz, FOXTEL ARTS, SCREEN

“Heart-stopping. The debut of the year. A breath-taking, can’t-look-away drama.”
Fionnuala Halligan, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

“Searing. A time-bomb of a film that crackles with intense emotional involvement. Legrand proves a master of serious, uncompromising drama. The experience, worth every minute expended, is impossible to forget.”
Kenneth Turan, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Absolutely convincing. Legrand gives this closely observed drama the tension and urgency of a thriller. A film which never lifts its eyes beyond the particulars of this family, which becomes as vivid and real to us as our own neighbours and friends.”
A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Fantastic. I was wowed.”
Guy Lodge, VARIETY

★★★★★
“Brilliant. An electric debut.”
Tim Robey, THE TELEGRAPH

“Scintillating. A flawlessly executed gem.”
Paul O’Callaghan, SIGHT & SOUND

★★★★★
“Masterful. Intensely gripping and so engaging. This brilliant and timely drama heralds a new voice in French cinema.”
Owen Richards, THE ARTS DESK

“Stunning. A gripping, edge-of-seat drama that never lets up.”
Doris Toumarkine, FILM JOURNAL

WINNER – BEST DIRECTOR & BEST DEBUT FILM – 2017 VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – AUDIENCE AWARD – 2017 SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2017 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2017 BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

One of the most astonishing film debuts in recent memory, Xavier Legrand’s heart-stopping drama charts a family’s struggles with the fallout of divorce, and the resulting arrangements for (and impact on) the two children.

Miriam (Léa Drucker, The Blue Room) and Antoine (Denis Ménochet, The Returned) have recently separated. While she’s willing to permit their 17-year-old daughter Josephine (Mathilde Auneveux) to decide living arrangements for herself, Miriam is desperate to keep her youngest, 11-year-old Julien (Thomas Gioria), away from his father. But the magistrate rules in favour of joint custody, and suddenly the boy is thrown directly into the middle of an escalating parental conflict, where it seems inevitable that sides must be chosen.

Superbly observed and flawlessly acted (the heartrending performances of the two children are more than worth the price of admission), Legrand’s precise dissection of this family dynamic masterfully builds into a pulse-pounding thriller. Honest, yet still evoking profound sympathy for all its protagonists, CUSTODY is sure to be remembered as one of the most important and vital films of 2018.

MORE…
“Kramer v Kramer meets The Shining” – Writer/director Xavier Legrand with The Australian‘s Philippa Hawker (19/09/2018).

“A Family on the Front Line.” – Mr. Legrand with Fairfax‘s Stephanie Bunbury (07/09/2018).

“Xavier Legrand on Keeping the Spectator in Suspense” – The Film Stage.

Mr. Legrand with Cinevue.

Custody