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By the Grace of God (2019)

Alexandre lives in Lyon with his wife and children. One day, he discovered by chance that the priest who abused him to scouts always officiates with children. He then starts a fight, quickly joined by François and Emmanuel, also victims of the priest, to "release their word" on what they suffered.

#Drama 137 min
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★★★★★

" François Ozon’s timely, tasteful drama, based on real events in Lyon, France, wastes no time launching into the painful details of one man’s boyhood memory of sexual abuse at the hands of a priest. Then another’s."

★★★★★

"François Ozon’s new film is sombre, restrained and painful – inhibited perhaps by its sense of moral seriousness and the legal difficulty of making a movie about a case that is ongoing: a Catholic child-abuse scandal in France. Bernard Preynat is a Lyon priest who has admitted molesting 70 boys over 30 years, following an online campaign by the now middle-aged abuse survivors."

"For a member of the clergy to sexually violate a child is one of the most stark and cruel betrayals imaginable. That an institution would prevaricate and dissemble about these betrayals rather than take immediate, decisive action to pursue justice and provide restitution creates a greater betrayal."

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