Q&A with Xavier Legrand

Winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, this riveting domestic drama is a harrowing study of a family coming undone. When his parents separate, a bitter custody battle results in 11-year-old Julien (a heartrendingly naturalistic Thomas Gioria) being shuttled between his fearful mother (Léa Drucker) and abusive father (Denis Ménochet), who uses the boy as a pawn to manipulate his ex-wife—a volatile situation that pushes everyone to the breaking point. Expanding on his Oscar-nominated short Just Before Losing Everything, director Xavier Legrand displays a distinctive touch that imbues each frame with quivering tension. A Kino Lorber release. New York Premiere