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BY THE GRACE OF GOD tells the story of three adult men—Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud), François (Denis Ménochet), and Emmanuel (Swann Arlaud)—who band together to expose the code of silence that continues to enable a priest who abused them as boys. Their experiences powerfully illustrate the varying effects that the trauma of abuse causes on individuals and their families for years. The true story upon which the film is based is an ongoing scandal in France, with Philippe Barbarin, Cardinal of Lyon, convicted in March 2019 for concealing the conduct of Father Preynat.

  • Director: François Ozon
  • Country: France
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2019
  • Run Time: 02:17:00
  • imdb Score: 7.3/10 (2,471 votes)
  • Language: French
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud
"By the Grace of God is a rarity: An important film that’s also utterly inspired."
Glenn Kenny - THE NEW YORK TIMES

"A thoughtful, fast-paced, and immaculately acted procedural that unfolds with the urgency of a newspaper deadline, BY THE GRACE OF GOD zips through the facts of this horrid case, while also shaping them into a lens through which to examine the uneasy relationships between mercy and justice — between faith and the flawed institution that exists to preserve it."
David Ehrlich - INDIEWIRE

"While this is a true story, Ozon goes the fictional movie route, taking a bit of dramatic license while keeping most of the actual details intact. The director impressively juggles the large scope of his script while maintaining the sense of intimacy for his male actors that he normally reserves for his female characters."
Odie Henderson - ROGEREBERT.COM

AWARDS

Berlin Int'l Film Festival 2019
Grand Jury Prize

Las Palmas Film Festival 2019
Best Actor

FESTIVALS

Hong Kong Int'l Film Festival 2019

Istanbul Film Festival 2019

Jeonju Int'l Film Festival 2019

Shanghai Int'l Film Festival 2019

Two Riversides Film and Art Festival 2019

New Horizons Film Festival 2019

Jerusalem Film Festival 2019

Int'l Film Festival Cinematik 2019

Mill Valley Film Festival 2019

Hamptons Int'l Film Festival 2019

Nashville Film Festival 2019

San Diego Int'l Film Festival 2019

Chicago Int'l Film Festival 2019