The pastor (Ethan Hawke) of a small church in New York with dwindling attendance gets a call from a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) begging for help with her extremely radical husband. After getting involved, the pastor loses control of every aspect of his life. Michael Gaston, Cedric the Entertainer and Victoria Hill also star. Written and directed by Paul Schrader.~Caroline Griswold
Ethan Hawke has had a long career and very steady work in
films. He has basically made 2 types of movies: serious dramas
and horror schlock. Along with "Boyhood" directed over a decade
with Linklatter, "First Reformed" is one of the two best dramas he
has ever appeared in.
A24 delivers again! First Reformed is my second favorite film of 2018. The script is so vividly original while delicately tackling certain hot pressed issues. Combining moody themes and supplying delicious atmospheric tone! The direction and cinematography are gorgeous, haunting, and bleak. The design is so grounded and gives a very realistic and lived in aspect. A must see!