By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu)


Lark Theatre Mon, Oct 7, 2019 8:45 PM
Sequoia 2 Thu, Oct 10, 2019 2:45 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:137 min.
Premiere Status:US
Director:François Ozon
Producer:Eric Altmayer
Nicolas Altmayer
Screenwriter:François Ozon
Cinematographer:Manuel Dacosse
Editor:Laure Gardette
Cast:Melvil Poupaud
Denis Ménochet
Swann Arlaud
Éric Caravaca
François Marthouret
Martine Erhel
Print Source:Music Box Films
Note Writer:Peter L. Stein


If you think Spotlight (MVFF 2015) is all that the cinema world has to say about the trauma of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, François Ozon has some powerful news for you. Acclaimed for his stylish, sexually playful oeuvre (8 Women, Swimming Pool), Ozon radically shifts registers here with a gripping ripped-from-the-headlines exposé of a nationwide scandal still unfolding in France today. Ozon’s unlikely heroes (only lightly fictionalized) are three adult male survivors (top French talents Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, and Swann Arlaud) of the venerable and predatory Father Bernard Preynat. Discovering that their former tormentor has been reassigned to Lyon and has apparently been shielded all along by a heavenly institution hellbent on silence, the men—still scarred and facing near-insurmountable challenges to their faith—begin a movement to bring the Church to account. Sensitively performed and tautly constructed, this film—winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at Berlin—is a laser-focused call to justice.

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Additional Information

François Ozon began his career making shorts before making his debut feature with See the Sea (1997). Among his other films are Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000), winner of the Teddy at the Berlin International Film Festival; 8 Women (2002), winner of the Silver Bear in Berlin and nominated for 12 César Awards; Swimming Pool (2003), nominated for five European Film Awards; Hideway (2009), winner of Special Prize of the Jury at the San Sebastián Film Festival; and Frantz (2016), nominated for 11 Césars. Ozon won his second Berlin Silver Bear for By the Grace of God (2019).