First Reformed



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Film Info
Program:New Releases
Release Year:2018
Runtime:113 min
Print Source:A24
Director:Paul Schrader
Producer:Jack Binder
Greg Clark
Gary Hamilton
Victoria Hall
Cinematographer:Alexander Dynan
Screenwriter:Paul Schrader
Editor:Benjamin Rodriguez Jr.
Composer:Brian Williams
Principal Cast:Ethan Hawke
Amanda Seyfried
Cedric Kyles
Filmography:Taxi Driver('76)
American Gigolo ('80)
Affliction ('97)


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.


"‘First Reformed,' a mesmerizingly austere drama of one man’s apocalyptic crisis of faith, feels like the movie Paul Schrader was put on this planet to make" - Washington Post

"There hasn't been an American film this compellingly acted in years." - Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Schrader flashes a different sort of slyness in dropping narrative hints, operating conspicuously but in the service of a galvanizing climax that’s simply too out-there to anticipate. Your likely reaction: 'Crazy.' Ours: 'Amen.'" - Boston Globe


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