By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) Reviews

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December 3, 2019
Beautifully acted and deeply impressive, By the Grace of God is suffused with a simmering anger.
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 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 7, 2019
The film gathers momentum and shading as it goes.
November 1, 2019
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.
October 30, 2019
"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 29, 2019
Ozon is not someone you would normally expect to eschew his usual gothic to make public-service announcements in the manner of this film, but what it shares with his other works is a deep understanding of the way trauma endures in the world.
October 28, 2019
It's strong material, and apt to infuse the viewer with righteous ire.
October 27, 2019
There's perhaps an over-reliance on voiceover by way of letters and emails, though the film's unvarnished formal directness is a good thing, given the sensitive material.
October 25, 2019
Ozon's approach is masterful, his past proclivities for mischief-making nowhere to be seen.
October 25, 2019
Not Ozon's most assured piece of storytelling, but a hard film to shake.
October 25, 2019
What's old heightens the impact of what's new and remarkably timely in François Ozon's powerful By the Grace of God.
October 25, 2019
What makes the portrait of Preynat so effective is that while he's a monster, you also see how this guy won the confidence and respect of parents and parishioners, how he groomed not only children but a whole community.
October 25, 2019
A robustly acted, compassionate and honest film with moments of disarming tenderness throughout.
October 24, 2019
"By the Grace of God" is an exceptional process movie - patient, lucid, generously human.
October 24, 2019
If there were ever any doubt that Ozon, that impish provocateur, was the man to handle it, the career-topping urgency of his filmmaking sweeps it away inch by inch, sequence by methodical sequence.
October 24, 2019
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.
October 23, 2019
"By the Grace of God" isn't about people losing faith in God but finding faith in each other.
October 23, 2019
A worthy clump through a true story worthy of our attention.
October 23, 2019
To approach the grim subject matter, Ozon forgoes his trademark satirical wit and flamboyant style.
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