By the Grace of God (15)


By the Grace of God (15)

Friday 29th November 2019 - Wednesday 4th December 2019

Dir. Francois Ozon, France, 2019, 138 mins, subtitled. Cast. Denis Menochet, Melvil Poupaud, Swann Arlaud.
Main Language: French

Ozon’s latest film is a surprising departure from his usual stylistic flourishes and sly humour. By the Grace of God is an ambitious, sobering, true story of child sexual abuse in the French Catholic Church and the winner of the 2019 Berlinale Jury Grand Prix. Alexandre’s professional exterior masks a traumatic secret: as a young boy he was abused by priest Bernard Preynat. Unable to stay silent, in 2014 he takes his case to Cardinal Barbarin, who professes ignorance over Preynat’s crimes – but as the inquiry elicits a chain of similar testimonies from other men, the Cardinal’s position becomes harder to sustain. Conceived by Ozon ‘in the spirit of Spotlight’, this is a profound, well-researched take on a parallel story; the French chapter in what has become an international reckoning.

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 Friday 29th Nov 2019  8:15pm
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 Tuesday 3rd Dec 2019  8:15pm
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 Wednesday 4th Dec 2019  5:30pm
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