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Custody (2017)

Jusqu'à la garde (original title)
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A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle with an embattled son at the centre.

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Xavier Legrand

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Xavier Legrand (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Léa Drucker ... Miriam Besson
Denis Ménochet ... Antoine Besson
Thomas Gioria Thomas Gioria ... Julien Besson
Mathilde Auneveux Mathilde Auneveux ... Joséphine Besson
Mathieu Saikaly Mathieu Saikaly ... Samuel
Florence Janas Florence Janas ... Sylvia
Saadia Bentaïeb ... La juge
Coralie Russier ... La greffière
Sophie Pincemaille Sophie Pincemaille ... Maître Davigny
Emilie Incerti-Formentini Emilie Incerti-Formentini ... Maître Ghenen
Jérome Care-Aulanier Jérome Care-Aulanier ... Agent opérateur Police Secours
Jenny Bellay Jenny Bellay ... La voisine
Martine Vandeville Martine Vandeville ... Madeleine, la mère d'Antoine
Jean-Marie Winling Jean-Marie Winling ... Joël, le père d'Antoine
Martine Schambacher ... Nanny, la mère de Miriam
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Antoine Besson, Miriam's divorced husband, is a nice man. In charge of security in a hospital, he is esteemed both by his superiors and his fellow colleagues. Moreover he is a good father who, willing to be closer to his eleven-year-old son Julien, has chosen to be transferred to the town where the boy lives with his mother and his older sister Joséphine, soon to be of age. That is the very reason why Antoine, the caring father, is asking for joint custody of Julien. Well, all that would be fine provided Antoine actually was the man he claims to be. The trouble is that his wife and his two children see him in a very different light. For in the past, Antoine was far from an angel. On the contrary, he had a knack for creating an atmosphere of permanent fear at home, going as far as to occasionally beat his wife under his children's eyes. And he got away with it all the more easily as Miriam, wishing to avoid even more problems, never lodged a complaint against him - a fact that ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 February 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Custody See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,947, 1 July 2018

Gross USA:

$83,882

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,790,303
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Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

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2.39 : 1
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The feature is a sequel, featuring the same characters, to the director's short subject, Just Before Losing Everything . See more »

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Domestic terrorism but you can't look away
10 October 2018 | by eelen-sethSee all my reviews

DOMESTIC TERRORISM, BUT YOU CAN'T LOOK AWAY.

You start with a custody battle and both sides have a different view on how things happened. What really went on, you'll never know but throughout the movie you start to unravel the reasons behind everything. And some questions do get answered. Others don't. But in the end, it ENDS!

This film has no score throughout and that was a perfect choice, since it relies on sound and dialogue a lot. Camerawork is stunning, especially a scene where the father chases the son out of the car into a little park in between apartment buildings.

The best acting comes from Denis Ménochet who plays the father (Antoine) and the young actor Thomas Gioria who plays the son (Julien), especially their interactions in the car are pure GOLD. The tension throughout this film is nerve wracking and you can tell anyone can snap at anytime, you're just waiting for it to happen and you're worried for anyone that's standing too close to be affected by the impact.

Director Xavier Legrand won the Silver Lion at Venice Film Festival in 2017 for directing this film.

I attended a matinee session and everyone was quiet throughout the entire film, until one particular scene. That's when I gasped as well and I noticed fellow moviegoers with their hand on their mouth in shock.

"Jusqu'à la garde" (Custody) is so intense it's too much to bear in the best possible way.


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