Monday, December 02, 2019

By the Grace of God - Sunday 8th December 5pm

By The Grace of God takes off where 'Spotlight' finished. Not content with investigating historic child abuse scandals in the Catholic church, Fran├žois Ozon released this drama around the trial of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin before the actual trial was finished. The film follows the story of three semi-fictional victims of sexual abuse by the same priest, Bernard Preynat, after one of them, Alexandre, discovers he is still a serving priest many years later. He takes his case to Cardinal Barbarin who professes concern but does little about it. Once other victims hear about the case and come forward, Barbarin's position becomes harder to sustain

"Ozon spins a palpable web of strength between his characters, so that even the most fragile among them can find the superhuman resolve they need to relive their trauma" - David Ehrlich, Indiewire.