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’.

 
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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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