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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. Read critic reviews

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Three childhood friends question their lives.

Cast & Crew

Denis Menochet
François
Éric Caravaca
Gilles Perret
François Marthouret
Cardinal Barbarin
Bernard Verley
Bernard Preynat
François Ozon
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François Ozon
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Critic Reviews for By the Grace of God

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  • Beautifully acted and deeply impressive, By the Grace of God is suffused with a simmering anger.

    December 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    November 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • One is prone to expect excess in a film by François Ozon, [but he] wisely opts to frame the fact-based events as a straightforward crime drama.

    November 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film gathers momentum and shading as it goes.

    November 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Overall, Francois Ozon has given us a story that is both compassionate and honest. He has also managed to pepper it thought with moments of disarming tenderness. A truly heartening and devastating account.

    November 1, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • "By the Grace of God" begins to spin its wheels, with unnecessary scenes that give color to the events, when we're more interested in the grand movements.

    October 30, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 10, 2019
    I like how Ozon takes his time to focus on each character before moving to the next, creating a mosaic study of the personal trauma faced by victims of pedophilia in the Catholic Church and also of the solidarity and friendship that grew between those people who shared a tragedy in common.
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