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First Reformed (15)

15-26 July


Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York. The church caters to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. 

Is it too early to call this Schrader’s masterpiece?

★★★★★ Little White Lies

Hawke gives one of the performances of the year.

★★★★ Empire Magazine
  • Director Paul Schrader
  • Cast Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Phillip Ettinger
  • Certificate 15
  • Running time 1h53m
  • Country USA
  • Year of Production 2017
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