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Does "thank god" mean "fortunately"?
Grace a Dieu (For the grace of God) - is a film by the French director Francois Ozon, that obviously deserved your attention. It is a representative of the epistolary genre (the core - messages, communication between characters), and is a drama based on true events.
Many people treasure and cherish memories from the childhood, both pleasant and not really. The childhood of some though was filled with fear. Such people can experience strong emotional reaction when trying to recall the certain fragments of the past. Their hearts consist of blunt pain, that has been finding presence in them for years.
The film tells a real story, simultaneously connecting the action described with the tangible, usual life. It is outstanding that the true events', as a basis for the plot, are happening right now, in the present, and the scandal exists in form of judicial processes and attempts to recover the justice.
However, in reality the situation is slightly different. Now cardinal Barbaren is considered to be the main person accused, but not the priest Preina (his case is not the priority, because he admitted his fault; also, he is already seventy). Barbaren covered the actions of the priest and gave the bizarre data during the testimony. He stated that he had forgiven the priest Preina because of his psychological disease. Well, you can't restore the fates of tens of men with a power of forgiveness.
A few months ago in Vatican the most important persons of Catholic Church gathered in order to discuss the methods of avoiding the pedophilia among the catholic priests. Still, victims strive for equity, as usual, so they require the punishment for Barbaren due to his silence.
The defense of childhood is vitally important. Childhood is exactly the thing that constantly accompanies us, forms our personality. Some grown-ups are reluctant to the events in lives of their children, so the children struggle because of this. They grow with mental disorders and deep scars that don't go away till the end day comes. Even adult men experience fright and disgust when they get to know that the crazy priest keeps on working with children. These men seek for the influence of truth, but they don't have the opportunity to use it, as the statute of limitations sets a boundary. No one among the ministers of God cares that Preina continues to interact with the new generations of God's servants in Lyon. This attitude destroys tens, and worldwide - thousands, thousands of innocent children, whose childhood has been brazenly stolen.
The fear of sharing the evidence is caused by the need to protect the safety of your family, or the impossibility to spend the sources of the soul on the dark memories.
The visual component of the film is pleasant, the acting is good, the audio component is wonderful. Perhaps, the plot is not exciting or simple. Perhaps, the film contains some excessive information and bureaucracy moments. Perhaps, the director was a hostage of his own idea to make a film about the weaknesses of modern men, and that they don't have to seem strong and brave in every film of the industry. This film is definitely a 7/10, or even 8/10 (in the best case). And my eventual score is 8.5/10. Why?
The film spreads the crucial information, it is, in my opinion, the great purpose of creating new, unique dramas and other movies.
The film literally says -don't be afraid, speak about your pain, don't be ashamed of anything - it erases the unnecessary distrustfulness.
The film shows the differences in the way adults raise children, the differences in how both parents and children go through the tough times and fight with troubles.
The film challenges the contemporary cinematography. People must share real, vital problems.
The film doesn't set the God higher than the truth, no one can lie and hide the horrific doings.
Don't be silent when you think that something is wrong and you must tell it to the world. Never be silent. Never. You are not alone.
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.