TIFF 2017 Day 7: “Brawl in Cell Block 99,” “Custody,” “Foxtrot”

ctdAnother 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!

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“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!

3.5/5

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“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.

4.5/5

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“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.

2/5

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Let’s get to day 8!

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