By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) Movie Poster

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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.
  • The title of this movie is the translation of the French phrase "Grâce à Dieu", which is commonly used like "Thank God" is in English. It is a direct quote of an unfortunate phrase by ex-Archbishop Cardinal Barbarin in an interview: "Grâce à Dieu ces faits sont prescrits" ("Thank God these events are subject to the statute of limitation"), which was widely understood as expressing his relief that the perpetrator could no longer be prosecuted.
  • French visa # 148389.
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