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3.6
236 Ratings

Custody

Jusqu'à la garde

Directed by Xavier Legrand
France, 2017
Drama

Synopsis

The Besson couple divorce. To protect her son from a father she accuses of violence, Miriam asks for exclusive custody. The judge grants a shared custody to the father whom it considers abused. Taken as a hostage between his parents, Julien will do everything to prevent the worst.

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Custody Directed by Xavier Legrand

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2017 | 2 wins including: Silver Lion - Best Director

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2017 | Winner: Audience Award (European Film)

As in Everything, Legrand establishes a sense of nervous tension at the start and ratchets it up until the suspense becomes almost painful.
August 23, 2018
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Mr. Legrand is skilled in the techniques of dread and suspense, and without sensationalizing or cheapening the story, he gives this closely observed drama the tension and urgency of a thriller. Or, to put it another way, he uses thriller tactics — a ruthlessly objective camera, editing rhythms that ratchet up the anxiety of quiet moments, disciplined performances — in the service of documentary ends.
June 27, 2018
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The most talkative scene in the movie is the first, where what’s true is up in the air; later, when everyone’s cards are on the table, the prevailing mode shifts to a dialogue-light, high-intensity action. It’s a curious dichotomy that impresses on a directorial level even as it hedges on a psychological one.
June 26, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • Xénia's rating of the film Custody

    Bouleversant, juste, précis, d'un réel inouïe. Une violence émotionnelle rare. Je l'ai vu il y a un mois et j'en ai encore des frissons. Moving, so accurate, so real. of a rare emotional violence, I saw it a month ago, and I still have goose bumps.

  • Alvise Miotti's rating of the film Custody

    Venezia74. An excellent drama. The story is already very clear from the beginning, but the very good cast nicely bring this movie until the adrenaline finale. A demanding experience.

  • NCMBianchi's rating of the film Custody

    First and foremost, the director smartly uses a very strong story about violent emotions to show desperation and points of view. In the first part the viewer is never let alone with just one character, and the movie only takes sides in the second half. Anxiety and uneasiness build up by the minute, to a climax. Minor stories go on, as in life most people go on and notice nothing until it's too late.

  • astygianelysium's rating of the film Custody

    What bothered me most was the father as moral monster, a characterization choice that turned the film from realist drama to horror. Yet for all its horror it feels no less real; and the anchor of believability is nowhere more than in Julien's half-stoic face: wherein the inscription of an inexpressible weight of psychic violence upon the surface of a complex negotiation of impossible emotional terrain.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Custody

    Digital. In the commercial exhibition, always dominated by the economic-random factor, this film makes an immense figure of exception, for two reasons: it has a very own cinematographic conception and fulfills it until the end, always direct, in growing, and because using a "realistic" sound, without any kind of musical accompaniment, it fulfills with density the naturalism that underlies it. Intense.

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Custody

    (Cannes 2017) Rarely has a film affected me so physically that I could barely breathe, and never before have I seen a film where - on more than one occasion - I instinctively reached out to the screen in an effort to save the characters. An unflinching look at domestic violence: psychological violence (games), emotional violence (passive aggression), as well as physical, with standout performances all round.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Custody

    Custody concentrates its ample tenderness and terror on Thomas Gioria's face. Julien's wariness, furrowed with worry, trembling with fear, keynotes a starkly effective evocation of human brokenness, both systemic and endogenous. Denis Menochet manages, with meager materials, to endow "that man" with a pathetically baffled aura of entitlement, veering from sentimentality to rage as Miriam seeks escape in self-erasure.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Custody

    There's not much story or any kind of deep exploration on the impact of a nerve wrecking custody battle here. It is just a raw nail biting 90 minute deep dive into a motherfucking tense vivid nightmare. Some scenes here are really masterful, like the party scene and the ending. Legrand is one to keep an eye on.

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