First Reformed

Original Title:
First Reformed
Year:
2017
Country:
United States
Release Date:
May 18, 2018 (United States)
Genre:
Drama, Thriller
Running Time:
108 min.
Rating:
R (for some disturbing violent images)
Director:
Paul Schrader
Writer:
Paul Schrader
Music:
Nicci Kasper, Brian Williams
Cinematography:
Alexander Dynan
Cast:
Amanda Seyfried, Bill Hoag, Cedric the Entertainer, Elanna White, Ethan Hawke, Frank Rodriguez, Gary Lee Mahmoud, Kristin Villanueva, Mahaleia Gray, Michael Gaston, Philip Ettinger, Ronald Peet, Satchel Eden Bell, Van Hansis, Victoria Hill
Studio:
© A24
Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering 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. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.