Miriam and Antoine Besson have divorced, and Miriam is seeking sole custody of their son Julien to protect him from a father she claims is violent. Antoine pleads his case as a scorned dad and the appointed judge rules in favor of joint custody. A hostage to the escalating conflict between his parents, Julien is pushed to the edge to prevent the worst from happening.

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Xavier Legrand was born in France in 1979. He studied drama at the National Conservatory of Paris. He performed for several directors in plays by Chekhov, Shakespeare, Harold Pinter, Michel Vinaver and Peter Handke, and for Louis Garrel, Laurent Jaoui, Benoit Cohen and Brigitte Sy for the screen. His first short as a director, JUST BEFORE LOSING EVERYTHING, was selected in more than 100 festivals. The film was Oscar-nominated in 2014 and won several awards including four prizes at Clermont-Ferrand in 2013 and the 2014 César for Best Short Film.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Xavier Legrand

Written by: Xavier Legrand

Produced by: Alexandre Gavras

Cinematography: Nathalie Durand

Editing: Yorgos Lamprinos

Production Design: Jérémie Sfez

Costume Design: Laurence Forgue-Lockhart

Make-Up & Hair: Isabelle Vernus, Noa Yehonathan

Sound Design: Julien Sicart, Julien Roig

Animation: Vincent Verdoux

Cast: Denis Ménochet (Antoine Besson), Léa Drucker (Miriam Besson), Thomas Gioria (Julien)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2018