Image of movie The Card Counter
Image of movie The Card Counter
Image of movie The Card Counter
Features

The Card Counter

Paul Schrader
United States, United Kingdom, China 2021
112min
OV

Paul Schrader, one of Hollywood’s most iconic figures, now returns a few years after his majestic FIRST REFORMED (V’2018) with another poignant instant classic.
This time, our hero is William Tell (a terrific Oscar Isaac), a gambler who forged his cardplaying skills during the time he served for a hideous crime committed during the 2003 Iraq invasion. His existence is a sort of limbo in which rituals and repetition are part of an impossible expiation. This sad routine is shaken when he crosses paths with Cirk, a young boy seeking vengeance. William’s attempt to put Cirk on the straight and narrow will represent his ultimate possibility of redemption.
Set among poker tables and motel rooms, where the ugliness of the decors seems to be yet another price to pay for our protagonist, THE CARD COUNTER is an uncanny trip in the depths of human nature. William Tell’s journey out of darkness takes the spectator to the innermost places of human soul, where the seed of evil and the idea of forgiveness and love are created. In his usual dry tone, Schrader once again redefines the code of genre cinema and delivers a sharp reflection on the collective traumas that shape our private identities. (Rebecca De Pas)

Paul Schrader: BLUE COLLAR (1978), HARDCORE (1979), AMERICAN GIGOLO (1980), CAT PEOPLE (1980), MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS (1985), PATTY HEARST (1988), THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS (1990), LIGHT SLEEPER (1992), AFFLICTION (1997), AUTO FOCUS (2002), DOMINION: PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST (2005), ADAM RESURRECTED (2008), THE CANYONS (2013), DYING OF THE LIGHT (2014), DOG EAT DOG (2016), FIRST REFORMED (2017), DARK (2017)

Credits
  • Oscar Isaac
  • Tiffany Haddish
  • Tye Sheridan
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Paul Schrader
  • Alexander Dynan
  • Benjamin Rodriguez Jr.
  • Giancarlo Vulcano
  • Robert Levon Been
  • Ashley Fenton
Braxton Pope, Astrakan Film AB, David Wulf, Saturn Streaming

Hanway Films

Polyfilm Verleih
DCP
Farbe
Fri 22 Oct
14:30
Gartenbaukino
OV
Sat 30 Oct
20:30
Gartenbaukino
OV
Related Movies