‘People Are Afraid Of Cinema’: François Ozon Takes On Church Sexual Abuse

“Weekend Edition,” National Public Radio

October 26, 2019

By Rebecca Rosman


French filmmaker François Ozon (8 Women, Young & Beautiful) is known for portrayals of strong female characters.

But for his latest, By the Grace of God, Ozon says he wanted to focus on something different: the fragility of men.

“Usually in cinema, men are action and women are feelings,” Ozon told NPR from his office in central Paris. “So I wanted my next film to really portray [men’s] emotions and sensibility.”

By the Grace of God succeeds in doing that and more with its fictionalized portrayal of one of the biggest scandals to ever hit the French Catholic Church. Lyon-based priest Bernard Preynat is accused of sexually abusing dozens of young boys over the course of decades.

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