By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) Reviews

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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 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 7, 2019
The film gathers momentum and shading as it goes.
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.
October 28, 2019
It's strong material, and apt to infuse the viewer with righteous ire.
October 25, 2019
Not Ozon's most assured piece of storytelling, but a hard film to shake.
October 25, 2019
What's old heightens the impact of what's new and remarkably timely in François Ozon's powerful By the Grace of God.
October 24, 2019
"By the Grace of God" is an exceptional process movie - patient, lucid, generously human.
October 24, 2019
Ozon has made a decent and valuable film, though it often seems like the drama part of a docudrama: some of the scenes feel like respectful re-enactments that could have gone into a documentary.
October 23, 2019
"By the Grace of God" isn't about people losing faith in God but finding faith in each other.
October 23, 2019
To approach the grim subject matter, Ozon forgoes his trademark satirical wit and flamboyant style.
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October 21, 2019
It's so talky that reading the fast-moving subtitles takes on a challenge of its own. But this is just a small caveat in a film of such overpowering substance and value.
October 18, 2019
One of Ozon's finest efforts to date and one of 2019's must-see releases.
October 18, 2019
There's no grandstanding here; François Ozon's interest is in showing how these vile acts can warp lives before they've even got started.
October 18, 2019
Ozon's tone is more sobering than angry, and it makes the film hit the viewer much harder as a result.
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October 17, 2019
The immediacy of the story (the film was shot, with the permission of survivors, even before the verdicts could be delivered) gives it tremendous power. Imagine if All The President's Men came out before Nixon's resignation.
October 17, 2019
[A] film that is engrossing from the start, while building to something greater and more emotionally encompassing.
October 16, 2019
It's an approach that yields additional pathos, but at the expense of dramatic momentum; dispensing with all the shoe-leather sleuthing results in two-plus hours of demands for justice and accountability being politely stonewalled, over and over again.
February 9, 2019
This is a social justice film made with purposeful conviction and a quiet, never strident, sense of indignation.
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February 9, 2019
There's of-the-moment cinema and then there's on-the-moment cinema, ripped so freshly from the headlines that the filmmaking still bears a few ink smudges.
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