By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu)

By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu)

By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu)

Award-winning French-Belgian drama from BAFTA-nominated auteur François Ozon, based on the 2016 sexual assault case of Father Bernard Preynat.

"Alexandre lives with his wife and children in Lyon. One day he discovers by chance that the priest who abused him when he was a boy scout is still working with young people. Long repressed memories awaken. Distraught, Alexandre finally finds the courage to take action against the man. His search for further victims of the clergyman, who is highly respected in his office, leads Alexandre to François and Emmanuel. Each of these three men is struggling with himself in a different way. And each of them will have to do battle with the shadows of their past in order to cope with the far-reaching consequences of this process. The creation of the self-help organisation ‘La Parole Libérée’ (The Liberated Word) is just the first step." (Berlin International Film Festival)

Winner of the Silver Berlin Bear (Ozon), 2019 Berlin International Film Festival
2019Rating: M, Sexual abuse themes, sexual references & offensive language137 minsFrance, BelgiumFrench with English subtitles
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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Ozon was wise to translate the story into fiction. In their rawness and their sense of intimacy, the family scenes ferret out the emotional truths behind the bald and bitter facts.

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

By The Grace Of God lives in the present, a fast-paced, exciting, beautifully played film that matches Spotlight as a searing portrait of modern heroes who stood up.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Ozon has made a decent and valuable film, though it often seems like the drama part of a docudrama: some of the scenes feel like respectful re-enactments that could have gone into a documentary.

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"By the Grace of God" is an exceptional process movie - patient, lucid, generously human.

The Times

The Times

press

It's strong material, and apt to infuse the viewer with righteous ire.

4.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

By The Grace Of God is nothing special, at least in comparison with the importance of its subject. But it’s quite well acted, and often distressing and distasteful – as of course it should be.

Variety

Variety

press

There's of-the-moment cinema and then there's on-the-moment cinema, ripped so freshly from the headlines that the filmmaking still bears a few ink smudges.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Superbly acted and highly controlled, the film doesn't afford easy entertainment...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This is a social justice film made with purposeful conviction and a quiet, never strident, sense of indignation.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Ozon was wise to translate the story into fiction. In their rawness and their sense of intimacy, the family scenes ferret out the emotional truths behind the bald and bitter facts.

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

By The Grace Of God lives in the present, a fast-paced, exciting, beautifully played film that matches Spotlight as a searing portrait of modern heroes who stood up.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Ozon has made a decent and valuable film, though it often seems like the drama part of a docudrama: some of the scenes feel like respectful re-enactments that could have gone into a documentary.

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"By the Grace of God" is an exceptional process movie - patient, lucid, generously human.

The Times

The Times

press

It's strong material, and apt to infuse the viewer with righteous ire.

4.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

By The Grace Of God is nothing special, at least in comparison with the importance of its subject. But it’s quite well acted, and often distressing and distasteful – as of course it should be.

Variety

Variety

press

There's of-the-moment cinema and then there's on-the-moment cinema, ripped so freshly from the headlines that the filmmaking still bears a few ink smudges.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Superbly acted and highly controlled, the film doesn't afford easy entertainment...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This is a social justice film made with purposeful conviction and a quiet, never strident, sense of indignation.

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