Review by Stephen Tronicek
When something terrible has happened to you, it leaves an impression in your brain. Sometimes those things are so strong that the mark that is left seems to spoil the mood of your being. Francios Ozon’s By the Grace of God submerges you in this through its subject matter and the strength of its vetern director. Structurally, it’s a film built to wade you into it’s sickening and scarring subject matter. The film starts following the true story of Alexandre Guerin (Melvil Poupaud), a family man of devout Catholicism, revealing that he was molested as a child by a pastor at his camp Bernard Preynat (Bernard Verley). As his complaints fall on deaf ears, he takes action eventually drawing another victim Francios Debord (Denis Menochet) into the cause.