GRÂCE À DIEU

France 2019

Synopsis

Alexandre lives in Lyon with his wife and children. One day he learns by chance that the priest who abused him when he was in scouts is still working with children. He decides to take action, and is soon joined by two other victims of the priest, François and Emmanuel. They band together to "lift the burden of silence" surrounding their ordeal. But the repercussions and consequences will leave no one unscathed.

Director's Biography

Internationally renowned auteur François Ozon is best known for films characterized by sharp satirical wit and an intense exploration of both human sexuality and of the bourgeoisie. While pursuing his Master’s degree in cinema at the University of Paris (under the instruction of teachers like Eric Rohmer and Joseph Morder), he shot dozens of films with his father’s Super 8 camera. François studied film directing at La Femis, and made several short films, including A SUMMER DRESS, awarded at Locarno and shown in Cannes in 1996. He quickly made a name for himself as an emerging filmmaker to watch.
François directed the thriller, SEE THE SEA (1997), before making his first feature film a year later with the sassy and cruel SITCOM. He quickly developed a very personal style, on display in the fanciful CRIMINAL LOVERS (1990), and the fearlessly theatrical WATER DROPS ON BURNING ROCKS, adapted from a play by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Throughout his prolific career, François Ozon has collaborated with the most revered stars of French cinema including Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Fanny Ardant, and Emmanuelle Béart in 8 WOMEN, Charlotte Rampling in UNDER THE SAND and SWIMMING POOL, Jeanne Moreau in TIME TO LEAVE, and Kristin Scott Thomas in IN THE HOUSE among many others. His work spans many genres from social comedy (POTICHE) to romantic melodrama (THE NEW GIRLFRIEND, staring Romain Duris and Anais Demoustier).

Filmography:
2019 - BY THE GRACE OF GOD
2017 - DOUBLE LOVER
2016 - FRANTZ
2014 - THE NEW GIRLFRIEND
2013 - YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL
2012 - IN THE HOUSE
2010 - POTICHE
2009 - THE REFUGE
2008 - RICKY
2007 - ANGEL
2006 - A CURTAIN RAISER (SHORT)
2005 - TIME TO LEAVE
2004 - 5X2
2003 - SWIMMING POOL
2002 - 8 WOMEN
2001 - UNDER THE SAND
2000 - WATER DROPS ON BURNING ROCKS
1999 - CRIMINAL LOVERS
1998 - SITCOM
1997 - SEE THE SEA
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: François Ozon

Written by: François Ozon

Produced by: Eric and Nicolas Altmayer

Cinematography: Manu Dacosse

Editing: Laure Gardette

Production Design: Emmanuelle Duplay

Costume Design: Pascaline Chavanne

Hair & Make-up: Franck-Pascal Alquinet, Natali Tabareau-Vieuille

Original Score: Evgueni & Sacha Galperine

Sound: Benoît Gargonne, Jean-Paul Hurier

Main Cast: Melvil Poupaud (Alexandre Guérin), Denis Ménochet (François Debord), Swann Arlaud (Emmanuel Thomassin), Eric Caravaca (Gilles Perret)

Nominations and Awards

  • EFA Feature Film Selection 2019