CRITICAL – For his first feature film, Xavier Legrand stages a particularly painful separation. A sober and intense film, released in cinemas in 2017 and broadcast for the first time in clear on television, this Wednesday November 24 at 9:10 pm on France 2. Not to be missed.
Very good films are sometimes made by beginners. Like Up to custody, by Xavier Legrand, theatrically released in 2017. This feature film dazzles with its mastery. The first scene jumps to the throat. A long confrontation in the office of a family judge. Miriam and Antoine are fighting over custody of Julien, 11 (Joséphine, she is 18: she only thinks of leaving). The magistrate reads a letter from the child who refuses to see his father. This one listens, head down. The mother is staring at something, straight in front of her… The room becomes a ring. The words go out like arrows. What did he do to them? What did she go to tell them? The lawyers get involved. The judge sighs. The father will have his son every other week.
A being of anger
Needless to say what happened before. We’re on the train. It will go by at a rate of hell. Antoine is waiting for Julien in front of his mother’s house. He honks furiously. Always late, of course. Here is the boy at last.