By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) Reviews

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September 23, 2020
It works quite effectively even if it spells out its various conflicts in an expositional manner.
September 1, 2020
The first thing we ask ourselves is how can Alexander still believe in the Catholic Church [Full Review in Spanish]
March 17, 2020
Populate these environments with a group of terrific performances, and it makes for a welcoming-yet-unforgiving look into an issue that should be understood by as many people as possible.
February 17, 2020
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 6, 2020
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.
January 17, 2020
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.
December 16, 2019
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 12, 2019
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 6, 2019
The sensitive material of childhood abuse by the church, in a well-researched dramatization, is finely handled by French director-writer François Ozon.
December 3, 2019
Beautifully acted and deeply impressive, By the Grace of God is suffused with a simmering anger.
November 27, 2019
The damage done in writer-director Francois Ozon's incriminating story is as sharply drawn as an assault.
November 26, 2019
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 22, 2019
The film is so good that it's hard to tell whether it's a documentary or a feature film. By the Grace of God matters - no matter what.
November 20, 2019
The actors Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet and Swann Arlaud interpret three survivors with contrasting ethical and religious positions, but also very complementary ones. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 19, 2019
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 15, 2019
The film's pace is deliberate, made with a documentary style-no histrionics, just raw determination and mounting tension. An important, engrossing work-highly recommended.
November 14, 2019
By the Grace of God winds up being about more than child abuse. It's also about the complex group dynamics that develop when victims seek justice and about the lasting impact of one of the most severe of all imaginable betrayals.
November 11, 2019
[A] sombre and intense drama...
November 11, 2019
This film comes at the subject from a different point of view. It follows the victims as men, and includes the machinations they had to go through to get the hierarchy of the church and police to listen to the charges of abuse.
November 9, 2019
Ozon's deliberately paced screenplay occasionally bogs down in extraneous details, although the broader sense of moral outrage still carries a universal resonance.
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