Films

Custody

Custody, "Jusqu'à La Garde"

Synopsis

Director

An almost unbearably-tense, no-holds-barred drive through the nightmare of domestic terrorism, „Custody“ is a can’t-look-away hybrid of gruelling reality and heightened ­cinematic technique. The mix is jarring, as intended, and this wrenching, heart-stopping film illustrates domestic violence and obsession in a way that makes the fear real. Yet the director also cites „The Shining“ and „Kramer Vs. Kramer“ amongst his influences, and they’re easily identified here too. This is a dynamic feature debut from France’s Xavier Legrand.

The film starts at a magistrate’s court, where Antoine and his wife Miriam, with their representatives, are engaged in a bitter custody battle. Somebody is lying to the judge, who makes an abrupt decision with far-reaching consequences. As Antoine starts to exercise his parental rights over the young boy – to the child’s obvious dread – „Custody“ is barely watchable: the distress shown by young actor Gioria is anxiety-inducing and almost too raw and real for a film. But all the while, Menochet’s Antoine is beginning to reveal himself, and it’s a familiar portrait to anyone who has ever encountered obsession and domestic violence.

Fionnuala Halligan, Chief Film Critic, Screen Daily

Xavier Legrand

studied Dramatic Art at the National Conservatory of Paris. In theatre he has performed in works by Chekhov, Shakespeare, Harold Pinter, Michel Vinave and Peter Handke. He has worked with filmmakers such as Louis Garrel, Laurent Jaoui, Benoit Cohen and Brigitte Sy. His first short film as a director, „Avant que de tout perdre“, participated in more than a hundred international festivals, receiving four awards at Clermont-Ferrand 2013 and the César for Best Short Film in 2014. „Custody“, his first full-length feature film, won the Silver Lion for Best Director and Best First Film in Venice.

Filmography

  • Jusqu'à La Garde (Custody, 2017)

Schedule

17.11.2017
17:30 - 19:04
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 011301
Sold out
19.11.2017
19:00 - 20:34
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 031801
Sold out
26.11.2017
21:00 - 22:34
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 100505
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Screen International Critics' Choice

Film info

Country: France
Year: 2017
Duration: 94 minutes
Language: French
Director: Xavier Legrand
Producer: Alexandre Gavras
Writer: Xavier Legrand
DOP: Nathalie Durand
Montage: Yorgos Lamprinos
Cast: Denis Ménochet, Léa Drucker, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux
Production: KG Productions
Festivals: Venice (Best Director, Best Debut), Toronto, San Sebastian (Audience Award), Zurich, Chicago

Synopsis

Director

An almost unbearably-tense, no-holds-barred drive through the nightmare of domestic terrorism, „Custody“ is a can’t-look-away hybrid of gruelling reality and heightened ­cinematic technique. The mix is jarring, as intended, and this wrenching, heart-stopping film illustrates domestic violence and obsession in a way that makes the fear real. Yet the director also cites „The Shining“ and „Kramer Vs. Kramer“ amongst his influences, and they’re easily identified here too. This is a dynamic feature debut from France’s Xavier Legrand.

The film starts at a magistrate’s court, where Antoine and his wife Miriam, with their representatives, are engaged in a bitter custody battle. Somebody is lying to the judge, who makes an abrupt decision with far-reaching consequences. As Antoine starts to exercise his parental rights over the young boy – to the child’s obvious dread – „Custody“ is barely watchable: the distress shown by young actor Gioria is anxiety-inducing and almost too raw and real for a film. But all the while, Menochet’s Antoine is beginning to reveal himself, and it’s a familiar portrait to anyone who has ever encountered obsession and domestic violence.

Fionnuala Halligan, Chief Film Critic, Screen Daily

Xavier Legrand

studied Dramatic Art at the National Conservatory of Paris. In theatre he has performed in works by Chekhov, Shakespeare, Harold Pinter, Michel Vinave and Peter Handke. He has worked with filmmakers such as Louis Garrel, Laurent Jaoui, Benoit Cohen and Brigitte Sy. His first short film as a director, „Avant que de tout perdre“, participated in more than a hundred international festivals, receiving four awards at Clermont-Ferrand 2013 and the César for Best Short Film in 2014. „Custody“, his first full-length feature film, won the Silver Lion for Best Director and Best First Film in Venice.

Filmography

  • Jusqu'à La Garde (Custody, 2017)