Grâce à Dieu

critic Reviews

96% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score96%
  • Patient in its approach yet stirring in its conviction, By the Grace of God draws soberly gripping cinema from real-life horror.
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    Luis Fernando GalvánEn Filme
    The film is not a visual spectacle... but it is the message that possesses the true power and purpose that Ozon evidently wishes to transmit. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Dennis SchwartzOzus' World Movie Reviews
    The sensitive material of childhood abuse by the church, in a well-researched dramatization, is finely handled by French director-writer François Ozon.
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    David StrattonThe Australian
    Beautifully acted and deeply impressive, By the Grace of God is suffused with a simmering anger.
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    Andiee PaviourNobody's Reading This But Me
    The damage done in writer-director Francois Ozon's incriminating story is as sharply drawn as an assault.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    Ozon was wise to translate the story into fiction. In their rawness and their sense of intimacy, the family scenes ferret out the emotional truths behind the bald and bitter facts.
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    Martha K. BakerKDHX (St. Louis)
    The film is so good that it's hard to tell whether it's a documentary or a feature film. By the Grace of God matters - no matter what.
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    Carlos BonfilLa Jornada
    The actors Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet and Swann Arlaud interpret three survivors with contrasting ethical and religious positions, but also very complementary ones. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Scott MarksSan Diego Reader
    One is prone to expect excess in a film by François Ozon, [but he] wisely opts to frame the fact-based events as a straightforward crime drama.
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    Diane PershingMalibu Times
    The film's pace is deliberate, made with a documentary style-no histrionics, just raw determination and mounting tension. An important, engrossing work-highly recommended.
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    Robert DenersteinDenerstein Unleashed
    By the Grace of God winds up being about more than child abuse. It's also about the complex group dynamics that develop when victims seek justice and about the lasting impact of one of the most severe of all imaginable betrayals.
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