CUSTODY is a film which really beefs up the tension as it progresses so that by the end, the audience is siting forward hardly breathing, to watch what is going to happen. But this is no horror film, rather a domestic abuse tragedy that escalates.
With its warm-hearted hearted message but stoical and lugubrious style, this film works hard and well to reinvent the western (in contemporary, rural Bulgaria!). It’s a lovely mood piece, which reins in the inevitable showdown nicely too.
The title of the film tells you the genre immediately – or does it? These are ghost stories certainly but ones which take you in an unexpected direction.
Based on a novel by children’s writer Brian Selznick, whose work was also the basis for Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”, this is the story of two children from different time periods who both travel to New York on a personal quest.
This second animation film from the versatile Wes Anderson, building on his experience when making “The Fantastic Mr Fox”, is much more ambitious.
Aurore (Agnès Jaoui) is now 50 and feeling her age. She is separated from her husband (Philippe Rebbot).