First Reformed (2018)

First Reformed is a drama film written and directed by Paul Schrader. First Reformed is produced by Christine Vachon, Deepka Sikka, Frank Murray, Gary Hamilton, Jack Binder, Victoria Hill and the cinematography by Alexander Dynan.

Story: 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.

Cast:

  • Amanda Seyfried as Mary
  • Cedric Kyles as Pastor Jeffers
  • Ethan Hawke as Toller
  • Michael Gaston as Edward Balq
  • Philip Ettinger as Michael
  • Van Hansis as Roger
  • Victoria Hill as Esther

First Reformed will be released May 18, 2018 in the United States by A24.

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