By the Grace of God

New York Times Critics' Pick
138 mins.
Directed by François Ozon
NR
French with subtitles
2019

BY THE GRACE OF GOD tells the story of three adult men—Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud), François (Denis Ménochet), and Emmanuel (Swann Arlaud)—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.

Directed by François Ozon (FRANTZ, POTICHE, SWIMMING POOL).


"[Ozon] crafts a film that is engrossing from the start, while building to something greater and more emotionally encompassing... BY THE GRACE OF GOD is a rarity: An important film that’s also utterly inspired." Glenn Kenny. A New York Times Critic's Pick!