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By the Grace of God (2018)

Grâce à Dieu (original title)
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Three men, abused by the same priest during their childhood, engage in a fight for justice that will expose their personal experiences and question their life with their wife, family, and colleagues.

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François Ozon

Writer:

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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Crime | Drama

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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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A film that very likely will leave you angry....and that's a good thing.
23 October 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I saw "By the Grace of God" at the Philadelphia Film Festival and although I'd never consider it an enjoyable film, it's a necessary film...one you really should see. While there have been other films about pedophile priests, and why not since the problem seems so universal, this one is not a documentary but instead makes a few tweaks for cinematic sake...though the facts are essentially true.

In addition to being an important film, director Ozon also crafted it well and managed to get excellent and realistic performances from the cast. In other words, the victims seemed real...not like actors. Overall, an amazingly well made film...one of the better ones I've seen in recent years.


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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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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1.85 : 1
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