Xavier LegrandLéa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria
France / 2017 / 94 minutes / DCP / Color
After his award-winning short Just Before Losing Everything (2013), Legrand’s feature debut raises the agonizing issue of family abuse as a harrowing, complex nightmare. In a broken marriage facing a bitter custody battle, the 12-year-old son is held hostage to the escalating conflict between his parents and pushed to the edge. Adopting the raw social realist approach of the Dardenne brothers, the Venice Best Director winner bisects the family with restraint and intuition, while evoking profound sympathy for his broken characters.