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Custody Dir. Xavier Legrand

  • France
  • 93 mins
  • 2017
  • Drama
  • Colour
  • custody-1200

Main Cast: Denis Ménochet, Léa Drucker, Thomas Gioria

Custody won the 2019 French César Award for Best Film and is a superb picture. 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. If you missed this in the cinema, make sure to catch it this time round — you won’t regret it.