First Reformed

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First Reformed

Paul Schrader
USA, 2017
Features, 114min, OmdU

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First Reformed

Paul Schrader
USA, 2017
Features, 114min, OmdU

Cast: 
Ethan Hawke
Toller
Amanda Seyfried
Mary
Philip Ettinger
Michael
Cedric the Entertainer
Cedric Antonio Kyles
Screenplay: 
Paul Schrader
Sound: 
Michael McMenomy
Camera: 
Alexander Dynan
Editor: 
Benjamin Rodriguez
Jr.
Composer: 
Nicci Kasper
Brian Williams
Decoration: 
Grace Yun
Costume: 
Olga Mill

Production: 
Killer Films
Omeira Studio Partners
Fibonacci Films
Hamilton Entertainment
World Sales: 
Park Circus
Format: 
DCP
Color

Writer of TAXI DRIVER and RAGING BULL, director of AMERICAN GIGOLO, MISHIMA and CAT PEOPLE, veteran American auteur Paul Schrader has staged one of the most spectacular of recent cinematic comebacks with this acutely observed, character-based drama. Constructed around Oscar-tipped Ethan Hawke’s magnetic performance, it is an incisively intelligent and burningly topical film about faith, doubt, guilt and desire in the 21st century. A fortysomething clergyman of relentless self-searching introspection, Toller finds himself questioning his ethics and presumptions with renewed vigour after encountering eco-warrior parishioner Michael (a remarkable performance by previously little-known Philip Ettinger). This crisis of conscience brings Toller into conflict with his materialistically-minded religious superiors, spurring him towards increasingly “radical” perspectives – and, eventually, actions. Inspired by such classics of troubled faith as Bresson’s DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST, Schrader (a scholar of film as well as being a distinguished practitioner) has crafted a visually striking, compellingly humane and thematically complex work, a transcendental mini-epic which has already earned hosannas of praise from critics and audiences all over the world. (Neil Young) 

Paul Schrader: BLUE COLLAR (1978), HARDCORE (1979), AMERICAN GIGOLO (1980), CAT PEOPLE (1980), MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS (1985), LIGHT OF DAY (1987), PATTY HEARST (1988), THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS (1990), LIGHT SLEEPER (1992), AFFLICTION (1997), FOREVER MINE (1999), AUTO FOCUS (2002), DOMINION: PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST (2005), THE WALKER (2007), ADAM RESURRECTED (2008), THE CANYONS (2013), DYING OF THE LIGHT (2014), DOG EAT DOG (2016)