First Reformed is a 2017 American drama film directed by Paul Schrader.

Official trailers

A24 on Thursday, March 29, 2018 released the trailer:
First Reformed | Official Trailer HD | A24.

Story intro

Reverend Ernst Toller is the pastor of the First Reformed Church in Snowbridge, New York, who is struggling through a crisis of faith. The film opens with him writing down his thoughts in a journal for a year, after which he intends to destroy it. He leads a 250-year-old Dutch Reformed Church which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad; it faces dwindling attendance under Toller's leadership, which has taken the church in a new direction and away from its historical focus on Calvinist theology and today it serves mostly as a tourist attraction. In trying to manage his own life issues, such as his alcoholism, Toller seeks a deeper experience through reading Roman Catholic writers (G.K. Chesterton and Thomas Merton) and mystical books (The Cloud of Unknowing). This new spiritual direction leads him to seek support from a nearby evangelical megachurch, Abundant Life, located in Albany, which owns First Reformed. Toller, a former military chaplain, is also struggling with the death of his son Joseph, who was killed in the Iraq War; Toller had encouraged him to enlist. He meets Mary, who is seeking counseling for her radical-environmentalist husband, Michael. He further challenges Toller's beliefs: Michael explains that he wants Mary to get an abortion, because he does not want to bring a child into a world that will be rendered almost uninhabitable by climate change. Mary finds a suicide vest belonging to her husband in their garage. Toller takes it, promising to counsel Michael about it. Mary and Toller discuss going to the police, but Toller feels it would dramatically worsen Michael's state. Just before their next appointment, Michael sends Toller a text message asking to meet in a local park. Toller arrives to find Michael dead of a self-inflicted shotgun wound. In accordance with Michael's will and testament, a service is held at a local toxic-waste dump, where his ashes are scattered. Meanwhile, plans are underway to celebrate the sestercentennial of First Reformed with a service attended by the mayor, governor, and a notable industrialist, Edward Balq, a key financial backer of Abundant Life and an owner of a polluting industry. At a meeting in a diner, Toller argues with Balq over climate change after Balq finds Toller honoring Michael's will a political act: Balq dismisses it as "complicated", but Toller sees it as a straightforward matter of Christian stewardship.


Ethan Hawke
Amanda Seyfried
Victoria Hill
Philip Ettinger
Michael Gaston
Bill Hoag
Cedric the Entertainer
Jeffers (as Cedric Antonio Kyles)
Kristin Villanueva
Ingrid Kullberg-Bendz
Middle-Aged Tourist
Ken Forman
Middle-Aged Man (as Ken Foreman)
Christopher Dylan White
College Student
Frank Rodriguez
Gary Lee Mahmoud
Joseph Anthony Jerez
War Vet in Wheelchair (as Joseph Jerez)
Sue Jean Kim
Miah Velasquez
Rose (as Miah Issabella Velasquez)
Tyler Bourke
Natalie Woolams-Torres
Van Hansis
Ramon Nuñez
Jason (as Ramon Nunez)
Delano Montgomery
Satchel Eden Bell
Jon Rua
1st Repairman
Otis Edward Cotton
2nd Repairman
Mark Havlis
Pancake House Owner
Erica Fae
1st Secretary
Prudence Wright Holmes
Balq Industries Tour Guide
Ronald Peet
Juliet Schlefer
Elanna White
Olivia Rose Cohenher
Jake Alden-Falconer
Eric Lockley
Krystina Alabado


The film First Reformed was scheduled to be released on August 31, 2017 (Venice) and on May 18, 2018 (United States) by A24, GEM Entertainment, Film & TV House, Festival Films S.L., Spentzos Films, Transformer, ABMO Films, Films4You, Universal Pictures and Versus Entertainment.

The duration of the film is 113 minutes. With a budget of $3.5 million, the film grossed over $3.8 million.

The film had received a "R" rating.


First Reformed got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film.

External links

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IMDB: First Reformed

Wikipedia: First Reformed

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