First Reformed (15)

First Reformed
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From legendary writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, Raging Bull) comes a gripping new film that ranks among his very best work.

Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary parish priest at a small church in upstate New York, which is on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Now more of a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, it has long been eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, Toller is plunged into his own tormented past and finds himself questioning his own future and where redemption might lie. With the pressure on him beginning to grow, he must do everything he can to stop events spiralling out of control.

With an outstanding cast, Schrader has delivered a thrillingly fierce film that features an utterly mesmerising performance from Hawke in the lead role.

US 2017 Dir Paul Schrader 113 min

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‘Rarely has a location married quite so effectively with a film-making style. ‘
‘First Reformed, too, has a darkness that clings to your skin, and a chill that lingers like a funeral bell.‘

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