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By the Grace of God

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Overview

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 expose the code of silence that continues to enable a priest who abused them as boys. Their experiences powerfully illustrate the varying effects that the trauma of abuse causes on individuals and their families for years. The true story upon which the film is based is an ongoing scandal in France, with Philippe Barbarin, Cardinal of Lyon, convicted in March 2019 for concealing the conduct of Father Preynat.

Resources for Survivors:

SNAP is the nation’s oldest and largest support and advocacy group for victims and survivors of clergy abuse. Our support group is free and confidential, and we welcome all survivors of religious, spiritual, or sexual abuse, regardless of religious background. Our groups are led by abuse survivors who volunteer to help other survivors navigate their healing journey and to answer many of the questions that survivors struggle with as they move forward. For more information contact Zach Hiner at zhiner@snapnetwork.org.

https://www.snapnetwork.org/
Toll-Free Phone: 1-877-SNAP-HEALS (1-877-762-7432)

RAINN

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

https://www.rainn.org
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE
NAASCA

NAASCA (National Assocation of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse)’s purpose is to address issues related to childhood abuse and trauma including sexual assault, violent or physical abuse, emotional traumas and neglect … and we do so with only two goals:

1) Educating the public, especially as related to getting society over the taboo of discussing childhood sexual abuse, presenting facts showing child abuse to be a pandemic, worldwide problem that affects everyone.

2) Offering hope and healing through numerous paths, providing many services to adult survivors of child abuse and information for anyone interested in the many issues involving prevention, intervention and recovery.

www.naasca.org
323-552-6150

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

Berlinale 2019 - Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize

Critic’s Pick! “A rarity: An important film that’s also utterly inspired.”

Glenn Kenny

The New York Times

"One of the most powerful movies in Ozon's filmography ... A great film that will stick with you long after it ends."

Peter Sobczynski

rogerebert.com

"Tremendous power! Imagine if All The President's Men came out before Nixon's resignation."

Andrew Lapin

NPR

“Urgent, on-the-moment cinema”

Variety

“A thoughtful, fast-paced, and immaculately acted procedural that unfolds with the urgency of a newspaper deadline.”

David Ehrlich

IndieWire

“Has the power to influence public opinion”

The Hollywood Reporter

“Ambitious, urgently topical...on-the-moment cinema, ripped so freshly from the headlines that the filmmaking still bears a few ink smudges.”

Guy Lodge

Variety

Cast & Crew
  • Alexandre Guérin : Melvil Poupaud
  • François Debord : Denis Ménochet
  • Emmanuel Thomassin : Swann Arlaud
  • Gilles Perret : Eric Caravaca
  • Director : François Ozon
  • Screenplay : François Ozon
  • Producers : Eric & Nicolas Altmayer
  • Director of Photography : Manu Dacosse
  • Production Design : Emmanuelle Duplay
  • Costume Design : Pascaline Chavanne
  • Editor : Laure Gardette
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2018
  • Release Date : 10/18/19
  • Countries of Production : France, Belgium
  • Language : French
  • Running Time : 137 Minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 1.85 : 1
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated
Theatrical Engagements
Theater Name
City
State
Date
Los Angeles
California
10/25/2019
Washington
DC
10/25/2019
Cambridge
Massachusetts
10/25/2019
Dennis
Massachusetts
10/25/2019
Minneapolis
Minnesota
11/01/2019
San Francisco
California
11/01/2019
Berkeley
California
11/01/2019
San Rafael
California
11/01/2019
Portland
Oregon
11/01/2019
Pasadena
California
11/01/2019
Dallas
Texas
11/01/2019
Winston-Salem
North Carolina
11/01/2019
Baltimore
Maryland
11/01/2019
Omaha
Nebraska
11/01/2019
Utica
New York
11/06/2019
Hudson
New York
11/07/2019
Delray
Florida
11/06/2019
Atlanta
Georgia
11/08/2019
Boca Raton
Florida
11/08/2019
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
11/08/2019
Coral Gables
Florida
11/08/2019
Miami
Florida
11/08/2019
Providence
Rhode Island
11/08/2019
Lake Worth
Florida
11/08/2019
Chicago
Illinois
11/08/2019
Asheville
North Carolina
11/08/2019
Eugene
Oregon
11/08/2019
Winchester
Virginia
11/10/2019
Amherst
Massachusetts
11/15/2019
San Diego
California
11/15/2019
Denver
Colorado
11/15/2019
Camas
Washington
11/15/2019
Wilton
New Hampshire
11/15/2019
Westhampton Beach
New York
11/22/2019
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
10/22/2019
Lake Worth
Florida
11/15/2019
Monterey
California
11/15/2019
Coral Gables
Florida
11/15/2019
St. Louis
Missouri
11/22/2019
Billings
Montana
11/22/2019
Sedona
Arizona
11/22/2019
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
11/29/2019
Scottsdale
Arizona
12/06/2019
Boulder
Colorado
12/11/2019
Washington
DC
12/18/2019
Cleveland
Ohio
01/17/2020
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