By the Grace of God

Friday, November 22 | 8 pm

Saturday, November 23 | 8 pm

Sunday, November 24 | 5:30 pm

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, the new film from acclaimed French director Francois Ozon (In the House, 8 Women) offers a powerful exploration of the lingering effects of childhood trauma. Based on a contemporary true story, By the Grace of God follows Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud), who lives in Lyon—a bastion of the French Catholic bourgeoisie—with his wife and four children. A fervent church-goer, he learns that Father Preynat (Bernard Verley), the priest who abused him when he was a Boy Scout, is still working with children. He decides to take action, soon to be joined by two other victims of the priest, François (Denis Ménochet) and Emmanuel (Swann Arlaud). The three men will go to great lengths to denounce the perpetrator and the institution that has always protected him, a risky endeavor that will endanger the relationships with their loved ones, as well as compromise their own fragile selves.

Director François Ozon | 2018 | In French with English subtitles | 137 minutes | NR | DCP

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