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By the Grace of God (2018)

Grâce à Dieu (original title)
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The three men, friends of childhood, will cross, compare their personal experiences and question their life of couple, family and professional.

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François Ozon

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François Ozon (scenario)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melvil Poupaud ... Alexandre Guérin
Denis Ménochet ... François Debord
Swann Arlaud ... Emmanuel Thomassin
Éric Caravaca ... Gilles Perret
François Marthouret François Marthouret ... Cardinal Barbarin
Bernard Verley ... Bernard Preynat
Martine Erhel Martine Erhel ... Régine Maire
Josiane Balasko ... Irène
Hélène Vincent ... Odile Debord
François Chattot François Chattot ... Pierre Debord
Frédéric Pierrot ... Le capitaine Courteau
Aurélia Petit Aurélia Petit ... Marie Guérin
Julie Duclos Julie Duclos ... Aline Debord
Jeanne Rosa Jeanne Rosa ... Dominique Perret
Amélie Daure ... Jennifer
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Francois Ozon's gripping drama follows three men who band together to dismantle the code of silence that continues to protect a priest who abused them decades ago. Based on events from the 2019 conviction of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon for concealing the conduct of Father Bernard Preynat, BY THE GRACE OF GOD compassionately illustrates the varying effects of trauma on survivors and their families in this urgent portrait of resistance, the power of mobilization, and the mysteries of faith. Written by Music Box Films

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The movie depicting real-life events that were still on trial, Father Preynat's lawyers tried in the week before release to prevent the film from hitting cinemas, at least until the judgment and despite its Silver Bear won at the Berlin Film Festival a few days prior. They invoked the fact that Father Preynat is presumed innocent until convicted. The court decided to allow the movie to be released, arguing the priest had already pleaded guilty. See more »

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The deadly sins of the French Catholic Church
4 April 2019 | by georgioskarpouzasSee all my reviews

I have followed the events described in this movie through the French press and internet. I knew therefore about the facts and they did not appear as a revelation to me. What surprised me was the quality of the movie. It was very good. It was not an attack towards the institution of the Catholic Church per se. Nevertheless it is critical towards the Church and not as balanced and neutral as it wants to appear. I think that many people will evaluate the film based on their gut feeling for the Catholic Church. The faithful will be offended disbelieving the veracity of the offenses described and attributing them to a hostility against the institution while those in the other end of the spectrum will be happy to see how corrupt the Church really is confirming thus their pre-conceived notions.

Artistically though I consider this movie slightly superior to the Ocsar winning "Spotlight" which dealt with a similar case although on a grander scale and through the view of the investigating journalists rather than the victims. I watched it at the cinema of my neighborhood the first day it opened in Greece. I think that the established film critics of the Athenian press mildly underrated it. This has a positive aspect because when I watched it myself I was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of the movie. We were only six in the theatre understandable perhaps because it was Thursday. Greeks are relatively pious by European Union standards and perhaps piety deterred them from going to such a movie. On the other hand they are mostly adherents of the Orthodox variety of Christianity and therefore consider Roman Catholics somewhat heretical and thus they would be glad to watch their dirty linen washed in public. Sociological explanation cuts both ways but personally I wish it finds a large audience in Greece and worldwide because it has the artistic quality and the social concern required to touch thinking people conversant with the problems relevant to excessive deference towards ecclesiastical authority.


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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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Paris, France See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,765, 20 October 2019

Gross USA:

$67,059

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,755,652
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