Film Society Selection
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FILM DESERVEDLY RECEIVED 8 WINS AND 9 NOMINATIONS
Xavier Legrand, France, 2017, 94 minutes. French with subtitles
Cast: Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria
A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle. An explosive story, as gripping as it is authentic, carefully and sensitively
directed with restrained performances throughout. A powerful, human scale reminder of the horrors of the home.
the most dazzling fusion of grim social realism and giddy genre thrills since
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Plus short film
Director Payam Seidi, Iran, 2016, 70 seconds
Based on a true story, the restrictions of women's lives in Iran are laid bare.
The spectre of a violent ex-husband looms large over his former spouse and young son in this terrifying family drama by the French writer-director Xavier Legrand, who won the best director and best debut prizes at last years Venice film festival.
Custody is the sequel to Legrands 2013 short Just Before Losing Everything (receiver of an Oscar nod and a César award), which tells the story of how the married couple in question break up. The sequel reopens the barely healed wounds in the heart of single mother Miriam (Léa Drucker), who must think she has left her nightmare behind when she divorces her abusive husband, Antoine (Denis Ménochet).
However, the routine joint-custody hearing at the films start presided over by a judge (Saadia Bentaieb) who must decide which of the clients and lawyers are lying through their teeth throws her life into disarray again.
Despite their 12-year-old
son Julien (Thomas Gioria) pleading to never see his father again, Antoine
is, somewhat arbitrarily, granted regular weekend visits. The couples
daughter, Joséphine (Mathilde Auneveux), is spared the ordeal
as she has reached legal age. But it still means that every effort has
to be made by Miriam to hide her familys actual residential address,
and every visit by Antoine is met with intense fear on Juliens
A domestic drama that will cause great distress in spite of its naturalistic setting, Custody reveals the horrifying nature of Ménochets deceptively sympathetic character with both nuance and admirable patience. Ostensibly a repentant father and husband who wants nothing more than to reunite with his family, Antoines impulsive and devious nature is gradually glimpsed in small doses during his visits to his elderly parents with Julien in tow.
And the less
said about the nerve-wrecking final act, the better. Suffice to say
that Legrand has created an utterly painful, yet also thoroughly believable,
tale of family disintegration. The trio of Ménochet, Drucker
are Gioria are perfect in their portrayals of a family being torn apart
from the inside out. I would not be too surprised if Legrand goes on
to establish himself as one of Frances leading filmmakers.
Style - South China Morning Post