BY THE GRACE OF GOD
| 2019 – 138′ – Drama –
Written and Directed by François Ozon, based on a true story
Starring Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, Eric Caravaca, François Marthouret, Bernard Verley, Josiane Balasko
Official Selection Berlin International Film Festival – Winner Silver Bear Jury Grand Prix.
In French with English subtitles.
A Music Box Films release.|
BY THE GRACE OF GOD tells the story of three adult men—Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud), François (Denis Ménochet), and Emmanuel (Swann Arlaud)—who band together to expose the code of silence that continues to enable a priest who abused them as boys. Their experiences powerfully illustrate the varying effects that the trauma of abuse causes on individuals and their families for years. The true story upon which the film is based is a scandal that happened in France, with Philippe Barbarin, Cardinal of Lyon, convicted in March 2019 for concealing the conduct of Father Preynat.
“One of the most powerful movies in Ozon’s filmography … A great film that will stick with you long after it ends.” ~ Peter Sobczynski, rogerebert.com