By The Grace of God (15)
Grâce à Dieu
Thu 01 Jan 1970 - Thu 01 Jan 1970
£7* | £5* students/under 25s | 3 films for £18*
Dir. François Ozon
France. 137 mins, 2019
Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, François Marthouret
François Ozons latest film may be his most surprising to date with an ambitious, sober true story of child sexual abuse in the French Catholic Church. Winner of the 2019 Berlinale Jury Grand Prix.
Alexandre, a Lyon family man, masks a traumatic secret: that as a young boy he was abused by priest Bernard Preynat. Unable to stay silent, Alexandre takes his case to Cardinal Barbarin, who professes ignorance over Preynats crimes but as the inquiry elicits a chain of similar testimonies from other men, the Cardinals position becomes harder to sustain.
Conceived by Ozon as a film in the spirit of Spotlight, Tom McCarthys Oscar winner about the Boston Globes investigation into child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, it is similarly conscientious and well-researched but offers a more gentle perspective of several semi-fictionalised men as they speak up about their long-repressed experiences and seek justice.