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First Reformed Rated 15

First Reformed

Dir. Paul Schrader. USA, 2017. 1h 53m. Starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Philip Ettinger, Cedric Kyles, Michael Gaston, Victoria Hill.

A solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in New York plunges into his own tormented past after a soul-shaking encounter with an extreme political activist. Writer Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver) directs this transfixing thriller about a crisis of faith, featuring a brilliantly brooding performance by Ethan Hawke.

‘A spiritual odyssey for the damaged. Hawke plays a blinder…Is it too early to call this Schrader’s masterpiece?’ ★★★★★ Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies

‘A fascinating meditation on inner turmoil in which doing the right thing can lead down many wrong directions.’ ★★★★★ Eric Kohn, IndieWire