First Reformed

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.

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Director:

  • Paul Schrader

Cast:

  • Ethan Hawke
  • Amanda Seyfried
  • Cedric Kyles
  • Michael Gaston
  • Philip Ettinger
  • Victoria Hill

Writer:

  • Paul Schrader

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