By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) Reviews

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December 6, 2019
The sensitive material of childhood abuse by the church, in a well-researched dramatization, is finely handled by French director-writer François Ozon.
December 3, 2019
Beautifully acted and deeply impressive, By the Grace of God is suffused with a simmering anger.
November 27, 2019
The damage done in writer-director Francois Ozon's incriminating story is as sharply drawn as an assault.
November 26, 2019
Ozon was wise to translate the story into fiction. In their rawness and their sense of intimacy, the family scenes ferret out the emotional truths behind the bald and bitter facts.
November 22, 2019
The film is so good that it's hard to tell whether it's a documentary or a feature film. By the Grace of God matters - no matter what.
November 20, 2019
The actors Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet and Swann Arlaud interpret three survivors with contrasting ethical and religious positions, but also very complementary ones. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 19, 2019
One is prone to expect excess in a film by François Ozon, [but he] wisely opts to frame the fact-based events as a straightforward crime drama.
November 15, 2019
The film's pace is deliberate, made with a documentary style-no histrionics, just raw determination and mounting tension. An important, engrossing work-highly recommended.
November 14, 2019
By the Grace of God winds up being about more than child abuse. It's also about the complex group dynamics that develop when victims seek justice and about the lasting impact of one of the most severe of all imaginable betrayals.
November 11, 2019
[A] sombre and intense drama...
November 11, 2019
This film comes at the subject from a different point of view. It follows the victims as men, and includes the machinations they had to go through to get the hierarchy of the church and police to listen to the charges of abuse.
November 9, 2019
Ozon's deliberately paced screenplay occasionally bogs down in extraneous details, although the broader sense of moral outrage still carries a universal resonance.
November 9, 2019
An important work of storytelling.
November 8, 2019
Ozon, by introducing survivor after survivor whose stories are examined with equal weight, gradually focuses on the power of a community...
November 8, 2019
Ozon is to be commended for using his platform to further expose ongoing scandals that will only end when there's no where left to hide.
November 7, 2019
The film gathers momentum and shading as it goes.
November 6, 2019
Tells a powerful tale of ecclesiastical misconduct with the gravity it deserves, without sensationalism or sermonizing.
November 4, 2019
Ozon dials down his extreme, transgressive kinks but not his ability to grip with By the Grace of God, a traditional yet still stirring drama.
November 1, 2019
Overall, Francois Ozon has given us a story that is both compassionate and honest. He has also managed to pepper it thought with moments of disarming tenderness. A truly heartening and devastating account.
October 30, 2019
"By the Grace of God" begins to spin its wheels, with unnecessary scenes that give color to the events, when we're more interested in the grand movements.
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