By the Grace of God
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By the Grace of God

Wed Jan 22 11:45 AM

Jetty Memorial Theatre
Assisted Listening
100 Percent
75 Percent
General Admission
Unclassified 15+
138 Mins
Wed Jan 22

Veteran French master, François Ozon (Franz, Swimming Pool), turns from his run of twisted thrillers and suspenseful comedies to shine a spotlight on a ripped-from-the-headlines story of Lyon’s Catholic Church abuse scandal.

Based on true events surrounding the 2019 conviction of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin for concealing the crimes of Father Bernard Preynat, By the Grace of God tells the story of three men in Lyon: Alexandre, François and Emmanuel, all of whom suffered at the hands of the Church as boys. Upon one of them discovering that Preynat is still in the priesthood and working with children, the men, all strangers to each other, band together to ‘lift the burden of silence’ around the priest's crimes, a move that puts their lives, relationships, and very selves at risk.

Outraged by the still-unresolved sex crimes committed by prominent members of the French Catholic Church, Ozon first considered making a documentary before realizing he was better suited to craft a compelling multi-faceted narrative that could do justice, in every sense of the term, to the point of view and life experience of long-suffering victims of sexual abuse.

‘Fingers crossed, Ozon’s damning and deeply watchable film will help the church recognize that it needs to purge itself of this sin for its own survival’. - Indiewire

In French with English subtitles
Wed Jan 22


Jetty Memorial Theatre

337 Harbour Drive Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450