With influences as diverse as Kramer vs. Kramer, The Shining, and The Night of the Hunter, Xavier Legrand’s directorial debut Custody is one of the year’s most intense dramas. Also known by its French title Jusqu’à la garde, the story of a custody battle during a messy divorce earned Legrand Best Picture at the Venice Film Festival, and it’s now in theaters in NYC and will expand in the coming weeks. Courtesy of Kino Lorber, we’re pleased to debut an exclusive clip which highlights what Legrand does so well with vantage point and suspense in both his feature and the Oscar-nominated short it is based on.
Our own Jared Mobarak caught Custody in Toronto, and still names it his favorite film of 2018 thus far. In his review, he spoke highly of the film’s depth, saying, “The intensity is too much to bear in the best possible way. Legrand knows exactly where to position his characters and what’s necessary to break them. It’s a steady crescendo of suspense despite his source of danger never shifting.”
See our exclusive clip below for the film starring Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, and Thomas Gioria.
Miriam (Léa Drucker, THE MAN OF MY LIFE and IN MY SKIN) and Antoine Besson (Denis Ménochet, ASSASIN’S CREED and GLORIOUS BASTERDS) have divorced, and Miriam is seeking sole custody of their son Julien (Thomas Gioria) to protect him from a father she claims is violent. Antoine pleads his case as a scorned dad and the appointed judge rules in favor of joint custody. A hostage to the escalating conflict between his parents, Julien is pushed to the edge to prevent the worst from happening.
Custody is now in limited release and will expand in the coming weeks.