comScore

First Reformed

Drama / Suspense Thriller

R for some disturbing violent images

5/18/2018
Released
Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric Kyles, Michael Gaston, Philip Ettinger
Starring
Paul Schrader
Director
113 min
Length
Reverend Ernst Toller 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 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.