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Custody (Jusqu’à la garde)

“Divorce is a sacred institution between a man and a woman who hate each other.”

[Lewis Black]

Telegraphed from the start, Custody wastes the fine performance of Denis Ménochet reminding the audience that the process of seeking a divorce is riddled with turmoil and that Xavier Legrand is a first time director.

Unlike the fantastic work of Andrey Zvyagintsev with Loveless about the breaking down process of a family dynamic and the consequences this bears on a child, Custody attempts to tell the story of a devolving process of a family dynamic where the father is clearly suffering from a bipolar disorder and the mother being forced to indulge this man’s court granted liberties of weekend visitation.

Ruthless no doubt, but unbearable in its banal commonalities with the realities of day-to-day life driven by a seeming commitment to take no chances with the formulation of authentic art. In the end, the audience can do little but infuse whatever sentiments of empathy they have to keep the film alive.

RATING: C

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