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April 22 @ 12:25 pm
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Sunday, April 22 at 12:25 pm
Cinemark Perkins Rowe

World Cinema * France * 92 min

Director: Xavier Legrand
Producer: Alexandre Gavras
Sponsored by: TV5MONDE & the Consulate General of France in New Orleans

In his acclaimed, award-winning feature debut, actor turned filmmaker Xavier Legrand depicts the harrowing circumstances facing Miriam (Léa Drucker) a woman seeking protection for herself and her son from her allegedly abusive ex-husband. Though his intimidating body language and eerily silent demeanor at the custody hearing should raise questions, Antoine (Denis Ménochet) is revered as a gentle and kind man in testimonials from his colleagues and friends despite his Miriam’s claims to the contrary. Yet a disturbing letter attributed to their 11-year-old son, Julien, paints a far different picture: that of a rage-fueled monster of a man. At an impasse due to lack of evidence, and much to the horror of Miriam, the judge grants weekend visits to Antoine. Legrand expertly stages increasingly intense encounters between father and son, playing with the audience’s emotions and shifting perception of Antoine’s true nature. Winner: Silver Lion Best Director, Lion of the Future, Venice

Language: French
Subtitles: English

Custody is harrowing and complex, a domestic nightmare that unfolds to reveal an inventory of abuses both overt and subtle. As the family splinters into chaos Legrand looks on with impressive restraint and intuition, yet still evokes profound sympathy for his protagonists. The result is mesmerizing.” Toronto Film Festival

Legrand operates in the raw social realist tradition of such auteurs as Maurice Pialat and the Dardenne brothers, stripping away sentimentality in favor of direct, observational filmmaking.” Peter Debruge, Variety

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Date: April 22
Time: 12:25 pm
Event CategoryFilm