By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu)

2019

By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu)

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Patient in its approach yet stirring in its conviction, By the Grace of God draws soberly gripping cinema from real-life horror.

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Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud), lives in Lyon, a bastion of the French Catholic bourgeoisie, with his wife and four children. A fervent church-goer, he learns that Father Preynat (Bernard Verley), the priest who abused him when he was a Boy Scout, is still working with children. He decides to take action, soon to be joined by two other victims of the priest, François (Denis Ménochet) and Emmanuel (Swann Arlaud). The three men will go to great lengths to denounce the perpetrator and the institution that has always protected him, a risky endeavor that will endanger the relationships with their loved ones, as well as compromise their own fragile selves.

Cast

Melvil Poupaud
as Alexandre Guérin
Denis Ménochet
as François Debord
Swann Arlaud
as Emmanuel Thomassin
Eric Caravaca
as Gilles Perret
François Marthouret
as Cardinal Barbarin
Bernard Verley
as Bernard Preynat
Martine Erhel
as Régine Maire
Hélène Vincent
as Odile Debord
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All Critics (93) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (89) | Rotten (4)

  • Mutating into a documentary-style approach, Ozon has a talented cast helping him stabilize the narrative disproportion whenever the film goes up and down in tone.

    February 17, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Ozon never plays the sentimental card and while the abuse suffered by the men is no doubt horrific, the details of their inner lives remain elusive.

    February 6, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • There's a power to By the Grace of God that could have been less overt -- I'm looking at you, Spotlight poster in the background of one scene -- but it by and large sticks the landing.

    January 17, 2020 | Full Review…

    Matt Cipolla

    The Spool
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  • It treats brittle facts with visual delicacy and suggestions that, although we do not see them, are forceful, unforgettable and graceless. [Full review in Spanish]

    December 16, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is not a visual spectacle... but it is the message that possesses the true power and purpose that Ozon evidently wishes to transmit. [Full Review in Spanish]

    December 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The sensitive material of childhood abuse by the church, in a well-researched dramatization, is finely handled by French director-writer François Ozon.

    December 6, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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