Gelobt sei Gott

A film by François Ozon. In French with German 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. The crea­ti­on of the self-help orga­ni­sa­ti­on ‘La Parole Libérée’ (The Liberated Word) is just the first step.
Based on the real case of Father Bernard Preynat who in 2016 was char­ged with sexu­al­ly assaul­ting around 70 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’.


Grâce à Dieu
FR 2019, 137 Min., frz. OmU

Regie, Buch: François Ozon
Kamera: Manu Dacosse
Schnitt: Laure Gardette
mit: Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, Éric Caravaca, François Marthouret, Bernard Verley, Martine Erhel 


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GRACE A DIEU (Official Trailer, Französisch/deutsch)