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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toll-Free Phone: 1-877-SNAP-HEALS (1-877-762-7432)
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.
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE
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.
Berlinale 2019 - Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
Critic’s Pick! “A rarity: An important film that’s also utterly inspired.”
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."
"Tremendous power! Imagine if All The President's Men came out before Nixon's resignation."
“Urgent, on-the-moment cinema”
“A thoughtful, fast-paced, and immaculately acted procedural that unfolds with the urgency of a newspaper deadline.”
“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.”