Grâce à Dieu + lecture by Karel Deburchgrave

François Ozon (Swimming Pool, Frantz) won the Grand Jury Prize in Berlin for this timely film about the victims of a paedophilic Catholic priest from Lyon, and their fight for justice with an association entitled La Parole Libérée.

Please note that this film is in French, with Dutch subtitles.
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Alexandre lives with his wife and children in Lyon. One day he discovers by chance that the priest who abused him when he was a boy scout is still working with young people. Long repressed memories awaken. Distraught, Alexandre finally finds the courage to take action against the man. His search for further victims of the clergyman, who is highly respected in his office, leads Alexandre to François and Emmanuel. Each of these three men is struggling with himself in a different way. And each of them will have to do battle with the shadows of their past in order to cope with the far-reaching consequences of this process.
Based on the real case of Father Bernard Preynat who in 2016 was charged with sexually assaulting around seventy boys in Lyon, François Ozon portrays the victims as adult men and reveals the lifelong wounds they have sustained. At the same time, the film criticises the church’s silence on paedophilia and asks about its complicity. As of January 2019, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin is standing trial for ‘non-denunciation of sexual aggression’.

Please note that this version is with Dutch subtitles. Click here for the version with English subtitles.

François Ozon, France, Belgium, 2019, 137 min. French spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, Éric Caravaca, François Marthouret.
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