By the Grace of God

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Alexandre lives in Lyon with his wife and children. One day he learns that the priest who abused him when he was in the scouts is still working with children. He decides to take action and is soon joined by two other victims of the priest, François and Emmanuel. They band together to lift the burden of silence'' surrounding their ordeal, but the repercussions and consequences will leave no one unscathed.


  • Melvil Poupaud
  • Denis Ménochet
  • Swann Arlaud
  • Éric Caravaca
  • François Marthouret
  • Bernard Verley
  • Josiane Balasko
  • Martine Erhel
  • Hélène Vincent
  • François Chattot

Did You Know?


  • 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.
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Oct 20, 2019

Ozon knows his camera placements, musical cues, and, of course, actors, and here he barely steps wrong, pulling us into the narrative, even while dialing back on his usual extravagance.

Metacritic review by Alex Saveliev
Alex Saveliev
Film Threat
Feb 14, 2019

This is a social justice film made with purposeful conviction and a quiet, never strident, sense of indignation.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
Feb 14, 2019

Superbly acted and highly controlled, the film doesn’t afford easy entertainment, its slow pace and weighty sense of narrative responsibility making for heavy viewing during stretches of its extended running time.

Jonathan Romney
Screen Daily