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By the Grace of God (2018)By the Grace of God (2018)

By the Grace of God (2018)

A damning account of a cover-up by the Catholic church in France

Drama

7.8

movie

Belgium, France

French

Discussion-sparking, Instructive, Thought-provoking

2018

François Ozon, François Ozon

Éric Caravaca, Alexandre Steiger, Amélie Daure

137 min

Synopsis

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.

Our Take

7.8
Bilal Zouheir

In Lyon, the second biggest city in France after Paris, a man confronts the church about a prominent priest who sexually assaulted him and his friends when they were young.

The man, being religious, wanted to keep the issue within the church. He only asked that the pedophile’s priesthood be revoked so that he doesn’t assault more children.

When it becomes clear that the church will not act, he considers legal action, even though the statute of limitations has expired. But, as is usual in these cases, he was far from being the only victim.

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