By the Grace of God Grâce à Dieu

By the Grace of God

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This is a powerful and very disturbing movie based on true facts; the movie is extremely well directed by François Ozon in sober mood, and the key characters' performances are stunning.

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, the film 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.

Ozon represses all his directorial urges – the structural trickery, the genre-hopping, the sly humour – to tell how a group of men from Lyon have taken Philippe Barbarin, the Archbishop of the city, to trial, alleging he has knowingly sheltered Reverend Bernard Preynat, a self-confessed paedophile priest who abused them as children. (Subtitles)

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