ally emerged that his cardinal, Philippe Barbarin, had confronted him about “the
rumors” in 2010 but the priest claimed he had changed.
Four years later Barbarin, who is now archbishop of Lyon in southeastern
France, informed the Vatican about the case but did not tell the police.
The 68-year-old cardinal and five former aides have recently been tried for their part in the cover-up and a verdict is expected on March 7.
The film’s title comes from Barbarin’s exclamation of relief that the abuse was thought to be covered by the statute of limitations.
It tells the story of the scandal while sticking closely to its emotional impact on three vict
ims-turned-activists, who begin to confront their trauma publicly with the support of their families.
Ozon said the reaction from several French bishops and senior clergy who have seen the fil
m had been positive, adding that he hoped it would provoke debate beyond France.
Ozon changed the names of the victims in the film, but not those of Preynat or Barbarin.
He argued that everything in the film had already been reported in the press, and that Preynat had confessed to the abuse of around 80 boys.