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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life Embassy of France - La Maison Française 4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC

BY THE GRACE OF GOD

Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud), lives in Lyon, a bastion of the French Catholic bourgeoisie, with his wife and five children.  A fervent churchgoer, 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 go to great lengths to denounce the perpetrator and the institution that has protected him, a risky endeavor that endangers relationships with their loved ones, and compromise their own fragile selves.

The film is based on Ozon’s extensive research and interviews with Father Preynat’s real life victims, who fully supported the director’s project.  The explosive investigation and subsequent trial of Cardinal Barbarin became a French media sensation, covered widely around the world.


By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu)
Directed by François Ozon
Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, Eric Caravaca
Year: 2018
Runtime: 137 mins 
Released by Music Box Films

Opens in New York on October 18 at Film Forum and Landmark 57, and in Los Angeles on October 25 at the Nuart.

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