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By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu)2019

By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019)



Critic Consensus: Patient in its approach yet stirring in its conviction, By the Grace of God draws soberly gripping cinema from real-life horror.

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Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud), lives in Lyon, a bastion of the French Catholic bourgeoisie, with his wife and four children. A fervent church-goer, he learns that Father Preynat (Bernard Verley), the priest who abused him when he was a Boy Scout, is still working with children. He decides to take action, soon to be joined by two other victims of the priest, François (Denis Ménochet) and Emmanuel (Swann Arlaud). The three men will go to great lengths to denounce the perpetrator and the institution that has always protected him, a risky endeavor that will endanger the relationships with their loved ones, as well as compromise their own fragile selves.

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Melvil Poupaud
as Alexandre Guérin
Denis Ménochet
as François Debord
Swann Arlaud
as Emmanuel Thomassin
Eric Caravaca
as Gilles Perret
François Marthouret
as Cardinal Barbarin
Bernard Verley
as Bernard Preynat
Martine Erhel
as Régine Maire
Hélène Vincent
as Odile Debord
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Critic Reviews for By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu)

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (32)

Beautifully acted and deeply impressive, By the Grace of God is suffused with a simmering anger.

December 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Ozon was wise to translate the story into fiction. In their rawness and their sense of intimacy, the family scenes ferret out the emotional truths behind the bald and bitter facts.

November 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

One is prone to expect excess in a film by François Ozon, [but he] wisely opts to frame the fact-based events as a straightforward crime drama.

November 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film gathers momentum and shading as it goes.

November 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Overall, Francois Ozon has given us a story that is both compassionate and honest. He has also managed to pepper it thought with moments of disarming tenderness. A truly heartening and devastating account.

November 1, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

"By the Grace of God" begins to spin its wheels, with unnecessary scenes that give color to the events, when we're more interested in the grand movements.

October 30, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu)

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.

Carlos Magalhães
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