This heart-stopping, award-sweeping debut feature charts a family’s struggles with the fallout of divorce.
After a bitter divorce, Miriam and Antoine battle for sole custody of their son, Julien. Miriam claims the father is violent but lacks proof. Antoine accuses her of manipulating their son for her own ends. Both sides seem to be hiding something – the truth is buried in deceit and jealousy. Julien becomes a pawn in a tense conflict that brings the family’s fraught past to light.
Winner of prestigious awards at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, including the Silver Lion for best director, Custody is a gripping, tension-filled drama that heralds a stunning new cinematic voice in Xavier Legrand. His mastery of building suspense, supported by exceptional performances, makes this one of the must-see films of 2018.
A time-bomb of a film that crackles with intense emotional involvement. – LA Times
Hurtling drama of a horrific boyhood…Xavier Legrand’s portayal of domestic violence is a singular debut. – The Irish Times ★★★★★
Terror tactics and fury blaze in an electric debut. – The Telegraph ★★★★★
A portrait of a marriage made in hell. – The Guardian ★★★★
France, 2017 |Language: French | 94 minutes | Cert: 15A
Director: Xavier Legrand
Cast: Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria
A short Irish film, An Island [13 minutes] will be shown before the feature.