Another slow day at TIFF, but saw a couple solid films today. We got S. Craig Zahler’s “Brawl in Cell Block 99,” Xavier Legrand’s “Custody,” and Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot.” Let’s get started!
“Brawl in Cell Block,” dir. S. Craig Zahler
After working as a drug courier and getting into a brutal shootout with police, a former boxer finds himself at the mercy of his enemies as they force him to instigate violent acts that turn the prison he resides in into a battleground.
It definitely didn’t need to be over 2 hours long, but “Brawl in Cell Block 99” has fantastic action sequences and a great sense of tone. Vince Vaughn owns it!
“Custody,” dir. Xavier Legrand
In the midst of a divorce, Miriam Besson decides to ask for exclusive custody to her son, in order to protect him from a father that she is accusing of violence. The judge-in-charge of the file grants a shared custody to the father whom it considers abused. Taken as a hostage between his parents, Julien Besson will do everything to prevent the worst from happening.
“Custody” is a really tough film to watch, but is incredibly rewarding. It tackles the issues that arise from divorce and custody battles with a lot of care. One of the more human films I’ve seen at the festival so far.
“Foxtrot,” dir. Samuel Maoz
A personal movie inspired by Maoz’s experience as a soldier, through a tragic yet universal story of grief.
Despite strong cinematography and well executed moments of drama, “Foxtrot” felt inconsequential and the emotion felt undercut by the comedic elements.
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Let’s get to day 8!