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Custody Rated 15

Custody

Dir. Xavier Legrand. France, 2017. 1h 34m. French/subs. Starring Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux, Mathieu Saikaly, Florence Janas.

A toxic relationship, a messy divorce, and a highly strung legal hearing form the basis of Xavier Legrand’s intense psychological drama. A couple battle for custody of their 11-year-old boy in this Silver Lion Award winner at the Venice Film Festival.

’The film could hardly be more timely or disconcerting. But it understands the ignition point of rage - not just its ugly momentum.’ ★★★★★ Tim Robey, The Telegraph

'For all its stripped-bare economy and unsentimentality, this is one of the most emotionally devastating cinema experiences of the past year.’ ★★★★ Wendy Ide, The Observer