First Reformed is a 2017 American drama film directed by Paul Schrader.
Starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Victoria Hill, Philip Ettinger, Michael Gaston, Cedric Kyles, Bill Hoag, Cedric the Entertainer, Kristin Villanueva, Ingrid Kullberg-Bendz and others.
A24 on Thursday, March 29, 2018 released the trailer:
First Reformed | Official Trailer HD | A24.
Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) 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 away from its historical focus on Calvinist theology; it now serves mostly as a tourist attraction. As he tries 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 leads him to seek support from Abundant Life, the nearby evangelical megachurch in Albany that 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 (Amanda Seyfried), who is seeking counseling for Michael (Philip Ettinger), her radical-environmentalist husband. Michael further challenges Toller's beliefs: He 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, the governor, and Edward Balq (Michael Gaston), one of Abundant Life's key financial backers and the owner of a polluting factory. At a meeting in a diner, Balq takes issue with Toller honoring Michael's will and deems it as a political act, and the two argue over climate change: Balq dismisses it as "complicated", but Toller sees it as a straightforward matter of Christian stewardship.
Here is the full cast and characters of First Reformed.
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 First Reformed is rated with "R" rating.
First Reformed got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.1. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 93. The audience also likes the film.
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