Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) Reviews

April 17, 2019
Mr. Legrand is skilled in the techniques of dread and suspense, and without sensationalizing or cheapening the story, he gives this closely observed drama the tension and urgency of a thriller.
September 27, 2018
Custody makes gripping drama from a difficult subject.
July 26, 2018
Legrand in his feature debut shows laudable technical ability and discipline.
July 20, 2018
As in all good movies of this kind, the ordeal of the children is not skimped. They bear the brunt, and the legacy, of the anguish.
July 16, 2018
Legrand... seems precociously adept at turning the screws of suspense...
July 10, 2018
"Custody" can be difficult, even wrenching to watch, but it always plays fair with the audience, and the experience, worth every minute expended, is impossible to forget.
July 7, 2018
We've all seen these sorts of domestic bogeymen before in any number of Lifetime movies. But rarely are they presented with the matter-of-fact naturalism that Legrand brings to his Venice Silver Lion winner.
June 29, 2018
Less nuanced than some of its predecessors but far more stressful, it isn't an easy watch -- nor is it meant to be.
June 29, 2018
Emotionally bruising but not without some glimmer of hope.
June 26, 2018
It's a curious dichotomy that impresses on a directorial level even as it hedges on a psychological one.
May 11, 2018
Buried amid a week of non-inspiring film releases, this French gem is well worth ferreting out.
April 18, 2018
It's well acted (not least by Thomas Gioria as the child), but unenlightening.
April 14, 2018
Human beings aren't always straight with each other. With thrilling skill, Legrand and his team find a crooked path to clarity.
April 12, 2018
There is not much storytelling light and shade in Custody: but it has the shock and swipe of real life.
April 10, 2018
An accomplished debut, with chilling performances from the two leads.
April 10, 2018
A father-son drama for anyone who finds There Will Be Blood too cosy in its depiction of paternal love.
Top Critic
September 14, 2017
The film may resonate for anyone who's grown up under the unhealthy supervision of a mean bastard. Take that as a sobering recommendation.
September 12, 2017
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.
September 11, 2017
[Custody] suffers from an all-too-familiar conclusion.
September 9, 2017
Confidently assembled and acted with impressive precision, this striking debut feature finally doesn't fully convince psychologically but is nonetheless a more than solid calling card for Legrand.