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First Reformed ist ein US-amerikanischer Thriller von Paul Schrader, der am August im Rahmen der Filmfestspiele in Venedig seine Premiere feierte. First Reformed. (59)IMDb h 53minX-Ray Nach einer Familientragödie erhält der ehemalige Militärpfarrer Ernst Toller die Chance für einen Neustart. Cast overview, first billed only: Violetta Schurawlow Özge Dogruol · Tobias Moretti Christian Steiner. Sammy Sheik Saeed el Hadary. Friedrich von Thun. Cast overview, first billed only: Katrin Saß Nina Kern · Cornelia Förder Jacqueline Kern. Enrico Robert René Kern. Michaela Hotz Mireille Kern. First Reformed aber überrascht. Paul Schrader bringt die Thematik Klimawandel mit den Ängsten in der amerikanischen Gesellschaft.

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IMDb 7,11 Std. 53 Min+. FIRST REFORMED is a brooding, thriller-drama centred around a troubled priest of a small, historical church in upstate New. Datum: ; Original Titel: First Reformed; Genre: Drama; Thriller; Darsteller Unbekannt; IMDB: schertel.co?ref_=​fn_al_tt_1. First Reformed. (59)IMDb h 53minX-Ray Nach einer Familientragödie erhält der ehemalige Militärpfarrer Ernst Toller die Chance für einen Neustart.

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Sign in to vote. Paul Schrader's new drama "First Reformed" is a drama about a grieving reverend who is counseling a couple--the husband of which is a radical environmentalist.

This is a talky, dialogue- driven, and unsettling thriller that makes you both empathize with its characters as well as send a chill down your spine at times.

The film's deeply intellectual and serious commentary on matters of religion and environmentalism is profound and thoughtful.

This movie will likely not be suited for mainstream audiences desiring cheap entertainment, but serious viewers looking to be challenged in their thought processes will have much material to ponder during--and after--they view the movie.

The acting is very strong, as Schrader commands his cast into giving low-key but quietly powerful and resonant performances.

The standouts in the cast are Ethan Hawke's lead role as well as Amanda Seyfried and Cedric the Entertainer in the supporting cast.

A gripping, dark almost relentlessly so at times tone keeps the viewer engrossed in the film. While this isn't a horror film despite containing disturbing content and moments, the film's simple score is incredibly chilling and gets under one's skin more than almost any other film's score I have witnessed in a long time.

My only complaints about this film are found in the third act. A dreamlike, surrealistic scene inspired by impressionism that involves the protagonist and Seyfried's character feels out of place given the grim tone deeply rooted in realism.

Additionally, a quick and highly abrupt cut in the film's finale feels disappointing and almost like the equivalent of a 'cop-out' in film editing.

It did not positively impact how I viewed the film's ending. But other than these concerns, this is a very well-made and serious drama designed to quietly shock audiences into a state of reflection on the world today as we know it.

A daring and unexpected piece of filmmaking pjmdancer 20 November I never expected to be so moved by "First Reformed", a small indie that tackles large themes such as climate change, mental health, and faith rather ferociously.

Though it is a bit of a slow-burn at the start, it's impossible not to be drawn in by Ethan Hawke's magnetizing performance.

He is masterful as Ernst Toller, a pastor who begins to unravel after an encounter a husband and wife who are environmental activists.

Though the ending has been controversial among audiences, I thought it was an incredibly bold, beautifully executed choice, and the final few minutes of the film have been seared into my mind.

Regardless of how you respond to the ending, there is no doubt that this is a thought-provoking and important piece of art. A must-see. The key to appreciating this film is in understanding the ending by This is a clue for the viewer Occasion 2: during the last 90 seconds of the movie This means it's a dream At which point, he goes into a dream state similar to Jesus on the cross in which he dreams of embracing Mary and living happily ever after with Mary similar to Jesus dreaming of Mary Magdalene.

The screen goes black and the movie ends because Now that we have this understanding that Toller dies at the end Could one of them be One not to miss.

The priest personifies the world's intense conflicts between the unstoppable forces of destruction our planet, our relationships, the consequences of the Iraq war, the brutality of corporate polluters, slavery, churches more attuned to materialism than spirituality and the receding forces of gentleness, compassion, prayers.

This isn't a religious movie, though profoundly spiritual. It reminded me of Dostoyevsky, Camus and the anguish of existing in a universe so corrupted that even the thought of bringing a child seems like a sin to his father.

Both Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried are amazing to watch. And my admiration to Paul Schrader.. Apparently, I am the oldest person commenting on this extraordinary film to recognize that the plot, characters, and pacing can all be traced back to Ingmar Bergman's Winterlight, Yes, Paul Schrader has created a great new original film but we must recognize its sources and failure to do so leaves us withering.

You will not have to see Ingmar Bergman's original to appreciate this film, but the fact that so much comes from that film makes it weird to me that no one has recognized it so far.

Beautifully executed, gorgeously shot and accomplished acting all contribute to the effectiveness of this film.

It may seem a little shallow to some, but it is very worthwhile. Some objectively good movies also make you feel good while watching them.

Others crush you with weighty material, penetrating emotions and powerhouse performances. Legendary writer-director Paul Schrader returns to his past glorious form with this film.

Some 40 years after writing 'Taxi Driver', he unleashes another portrait of a man experiencing a deep existential crisis as he sinks further into despair because of what he perceives to be a failing humanity.

Toller runs a small church in New York state called First Reformed, which has a dwindling congregation of merely a dozen.

Nearby, First Reformed's parent church, which has a following of thousands, is headed by Reverend Jeffers Cedric the Entertainer.

Toller and Jeffers clash over their ways to best perform the Lord's work. Toller rejects all physical possessions and scoffs at the financial success of the parent church, while Jeffers futilely attempts to convince Toller that wealth and religious commitment are not mutually exclusive.

Toller is not a well man. He struggles to take joy in any aspect of life. His past haunts him, as do the present failures of humanity.

His despair becomes increasingly clear with each passing day that he writes in his diary, which was intended to be a form of prayer and offer clarity but instead only serves as a vehicle for him to psychologically self-punish.

As his mental health suffers, so does his physical state. He's sick, probably dying, but he guzzles hard liquor daily despite the stomach pain it causes.

Perhaps this too is self-punishment. As Toller struggles to find a purpose for his remaining time on Earth, one appears before him when a pregnant parishioner, Mary a career-best Amanda Seyfried , asks him to counsel her suicidal husband.

Toller agrees, but the conversations don't lead to any relief for either party. Toller believes he finds a purpose, but anyone of sound mind would hardly consider it a Godly cause.

This all builds to a climactic scene that will leave some viewers in breathless awe and others in maddening disbelief.

I took the final moments as a welcome relief after a punishing first minutes, but some may see the abrupt pivot in tone as off putting.

In any case, it's certainly spiritual trip and one that will stick with you long after the credits roll. Maybe the most challenging that I've seen.

I expected nothing less from Paul Schrader, though, as he's written and directed a lot of challenging stuff over the years.

It's slow, methodical and exacting. It asks important questions but does not give any easy answers or answers in general for that matter Ethan Hawke's performance at the epicenter of this film really is a towering achievement.

It's the kind of performance that will do down as not only one of the best of the year, but this will be remembered most likely as his career best.

Ernst Toller is a man struggling internally with immense pain and turmoil. The loss of his only child has caused his marriage to fall apart so he has since turned to the Lord for whatever form of relief he can find.

Nothing will ever take away that pain, but he's at least been able to somewhat cope with it over the years He writes in a journal every day as a form of self prayer or maybe just a way to put his ruinous thoughts down on paper instead of keeping them bottled up where they could potentially do more harm.

A meeting with a local man one day where a multitude of different end-of-the-world topics are discussed ends up leading the Reverend down a rabbit-hole of immense consequences.

All of which cause Toller to question his commitment to God and the Church. He's the pastor of a small local church that are all but extinct now and every city is being overrun with these massive churches.

Faith has become a spectacle run by mostly phonies who only care about the bottom-line instead of the people and the close-knit community - another thing that frustrates him.

Ethan Hawke is able to quietly walk this emotional tightrope the entire film and never allows him to fall into any histrionics. Amanda Seyfried takes on the important role of Mary one of only 2 main female roles and she delivers her best performance as well.

Mary becomes a integral part of the Reverend's life as they're able to help each other through these difficult times Cedric "The Entertainer" Kyles also shows up along the way as the pastor of the big conglomerate church who, despite good intentions, is probably doing more harm than good.

I feel like it really demands to be seen whether you're a person of faith or not. This is definitely not your typical Christian film and that's probably gonna upset a lot of people, but this one and Schrader have more lofty ideas and weighty themes on their mind.

This is a very dense screenplay which leads to a heavy film that expects a lot from the audience. Paul Schrader isn't letting anyone off the hook easily here This is also the kind of film that doesn't divulge all of its secrets in one sitting Paul Schrader and company have created something wholly unique and special with 'First Reformed' and I think it's definitely something to be valued.

So if you're in the mood for something a little different and don't mind your movies making you think, then please give it a chance!

PotassiumMan 3 June It is very unusual for a film to aggravate me with its heavy-handed narrative and simple-minded mentality, but this one enraged me more than any other film I've seen in years.

To be sure, this film does not immediately embrace its radical ideology. It starts out deliberately, almost at a molasses-like pace but then abruptly turns into something profoundly and alarmingly nonsensical, which is why I'm never going to forget it, but not in a good way.

Director Paul Schrader provides us with the story of Reverend Toller played with pained dignity by Ethan Hawke , who lost his son in Iraq and has had to cope with the emotional scars ever since.

His marriage is in ruins. His stately old church in upstate New York is an historical landmark but lives in the shadows of the more modern, larger congregation that has greater weight in the local community.

Hawke's character gets to know a young couple in his small church, one of whom is a troubled environmental activist.

This raw drama is meant to be about the loss of faith, but its singular problem is the dearth of character development that is required for the extreme turn that the plot takes.

The film's descent into lunacy, into over-the-top absurdity is not warranted given how little we connect with Hawke's character.

His life has problems, for sure, but his psyche is somewhat inscrutable despite a voiceover diary, no less and therefore what follows is inexplicable.

His ultimate motives are maddeningly opaque. The ideological transformation lacks a coherent basis and therefore never touches credibility even with its fingertips.

The film's shift felt very sudden, and I was shaking my head in the end, wondering how the storyline, for lack of a better word, collapsed.

Its promising start felt like years ago when the credits were rolling. With the right approach and a more subtle, nuanced point of view, this film could have been a classic.

Instead, it becomes a cartoonish propaganda piece that will not satisfy an educated audience. Not recommended. I'll applaud a good film whether I hold the beliefs of the maker s.

Add one counseling session with a young, environmental fanatic and boom: suicide bomber. Is this a remotely probable demographic? There is some support here, but the actual intellectual engagement at a theological level supposedly this character's driving mentality are a few obvious scripture quotes and brief exchanges.

I have engaged in far deeper conversations with environmental activists on Christian under-pinning for their beliefs than this film even considers.

It isn't of substance. This is part of the story, but it is convenient when I can leave a theater on the global consequences of climate change and not feel an iota of responsibility or need to change.

Thank you, for the pat on the back and reinforcement of smug slactivism. Hawke's portrayal: he nailed the glassy-eyed, soulless addict.

Unfortunately, the character needed to be so much more than this to pull such grand issues together. Conclusion: Based on the narrative, I'm forced into a few possible explanations for the character's development: 1.

Anomalous psychotic break not shown on film 2. I'm leaning toward the latter. Comments welcomed. I've been a fan of Ethan Hawke for 38 years, and I was sailing along with First Reformed through the dramatic turn but disconnected in the last fifteen minutes when the storytelling went off the rails.

The protagonist gets an idea that is certainly dramatic, but doesn't first his character or backstory.

It simply makes no sense and when the screen went to black for the credits I actually thought there was a projection malfunction! The abrupt ending wasn't challenging, it was stupid and I felt used.

The last fifteen minutes of First Reformed were neither. The Yakuza is one of my all-time favorites. I would not have gone to see the movie without the Paul Schrader connection.

The theme of the movie is very contemporary and thought provoking. It was well acted and the photography was great. But if you remember the scene from The Producers where everyone in the audience is just looking at each other in disbelief before Dick Shawn makes his appearance, that is the exact reaction of the audience to the end of the movie when I watched it.

The ending of the movie was so bizarre that it actually seemed as if the projector had broken.

Do not under any circumstances spend money to see this. It has redeeming value of course but I guarantee you that you will be disappointed.

I don't normally write reviews with spoilers. This story comes completely undone with in the last five minutes. And does so in such a fashion I managed to practically dismiss everything good from the beginning.

The quiet but steadfast Pastor Toller is a token Pastor in a tiny token church financed by a much larger religious organization known as Abundant Life.

Toller already has faced a fair amount of pain and loss, his son killed in the Iraqi war only six months into his first deployment, which lead to his divorce.

Toller is quietly plagued by alcoholism and guilt as a result. He also has the added anxiety of now facing terminal cancer.

A young married couple, Michael and Mary, come to the Pastor for counseling as Michael wants his wife to abort their coming baby.

Michael is completely obsessed with the idea of total global environmental meltdown by the year , and can not bear the thought of his child being handed an unlivable world.

The good Pastor Toller very much enjoys engaging Michael for the sake of avoiding the abortion, and feels he is gaining ground to give the soon to be father some badly needed hope.

The cinematography greatly captures the mood with most scenes so darkly lit and in late fall, just before the advent of a long and cold New York winter.

There is a near complete lack of a soundtrack as well to deepen the severity of the conversations and the Pastor's own private musings.

Michael then abruptly commits suicide, dooming Toller to find his body minus half his head. Toller now takes on Michael's grave environmental concerns, and it doesn't help when he discovers the main benefactor of his parent church is none other than a man who runs one of the biggest corporate polluters on the list.

Toller is already in the possession of a suicide bomb-vest, homemade by the late Michael. The suspense at this point is thick enough to be cut with a knife.

But the incredibly weak, silly and scattered ending destroys everything one might be on the edge of their seat expecting.

Does he blow up the church with all the evil, rich polluters? Does he commit suicide by drinking Drano?

He instead wraps himself up in barbed-wire and makes out with his girlfriend. Absolutely disappointing. Bertaut 24 July And whilst I think that's an oversimplification, unjustly ignoring such strong screenplays as The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead , and very unjustly ignoring such superb directorial work as Affliction and Auto Focus , there can be little doubt that First Reformed is easily his best film of the last fifteen years or so which wouldn't be hard when you consider films like The Canyons , Dying of the Light , and Dog Eat Dog The film tells a deceptively simple story - Reverend Ernst Toller Ethan Hawke is the parish priest of a small congregation in the Snowbridge suburb of New York.

A former military chaplain, Toller is struggling with the death of his son, Joseph, who he encouraged to enlist, and who was killed several months into his first tour in Iraq.

As a result, Toller's marriage fell apart, which his wife blaming him for Joseph's death. As the film begins, Toller's spiritual crisis is already well under way.

He's drinking too much, doesn't show much interest in his official duties, doesn't seem bothered that his congregation has dwindled to about ten people, and has taken to recording his thoughts in a journal which he plans to keep for one year, and then destroy.

A radical environmentalist who has just been released from prison in Canada, Michael has developed extreme nihilistic views, and wants Mary to abort their unborn child because he doesn't think anyone has the right to bring a child into a dying world.

Although initially reluctant to get involved, Mary persuades Toller to counsel Michael. Meanwhile, the th anniversary of the First Reformed church from which Toller works is fast approaching, with a huge service to be attended by both the governor and mayor.

The above plot summary takes up roughly the first twenty minutes or so of the film, almost up to the end of the first act.

At that point, it looks as if the narrative is heading in the direction of following Toller as he sets about changing Michael's extreme worldview.

But that's not where it goes at all, instead focusing almost exclusively on the disintegration of Toller's faith, and the development of his own nihilistic outlook.

Along the way, it introduces us to three main supporting characters - Reverend Joel Jeffers Cedric the Entertainer of Abundant Life, the megachurch that owns First Reformed, and who gave Toller his job; Esther Victoria Hill , choirmaster at First Reformed, who had a brief sexual relationship with Toller after his marriage ended; and Edward Balq Michael Gaston , an industrialist whose company is regarded as one of the worst polluters on the planet.

As Toller wrestles with his conscience, he comes into conflict with all three in various ways. At the same time, Mary remains virtually the only remnant of hope in his life, as they continue to grow close.

The most striking thing to me about First Reformed is that it is brilliantly shot in Academy ratio 1.

I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see Hawke get some acting nods, possibly Seyfried too. Irrespective of that and we all know the amount of Oscar nominations a film gets has very little to do with its quality , this is a strong film made by a skilled artist about a subject matter for which he clearly feels deeply.

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Quotes [ first lines ] Reverend Ernst Toller : I have decided to keep a journal. Not in a word program or digital file, but in longhand, writing every word out so that every inflection of penmanship, every word chosen, scratched out, revised, is recorded.

To set down all my thoughts and the simple events of my day factually and without hiding anything. When writing about oneself, one should show no mercy.

I will keep this diary for one year; 12 months.

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This new spiritual direction leads him to seek support from a nearby charismatic megachurch, Abundant Life, which owns the historical landmark, and previous stop on the Underground Railroad..

Reverend Ernst Toller Ethan Hawke is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its th 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,strong flock.

When a pregnant parishioner Amanda Seyfried 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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Sign In. Edit First Reformed Jump to: Summaries 6. After a lengthy acclaimed career, First Reformed marked the very first time that Paul Schrader was nominated for an Academy Award.

Paul Schrader was motivated to write the screenplay based on his despair at the effect of climate change on the planet.

He's ten years older and had an innate air of world-weariness that was appropriate for the role. Filming for the interior and exterior of the church was done at the Zion Episcopal Church in Douglaston, Queens.

There is a scene in which Toller, at breakfast, pours hard liquor into a bowl and dips bread into it. This is very similar to a moment in Taxi Driver also written by Paul Schrader, more than four decades earlier , in which the main character pours liquor over bread chunks and eats them.

The film's name was inspired by the director's own religious background in what is known as Calvinism, the second expression of Protestant Christianity to spring out of the Protestant Reformation.

The first being Lutheranism. John Calvin and his followers believed that Martin Luther had not taken his reformation far enough and sought to install doctrines that further distances themselves from Roman Catholicism.

The only film of the year to be nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar and not be nominated for Best Picture.

In it, a young priest in residence among distant villagers writes a diary where he questions his capacity to help spiritually his parishioners while hurting from a mysterious sickness to his stomach.

Greatly inspired by Ingmar Bergman's Winter Light where a small-town priest struggles with his faith.

Filmed in Brooklyn and Queens, New York. The floor lamp beside Mary's couch is shaped like an eyeball. At which point, he goes into a dream state similar to Jesus on the cross in which he dreams of embracing Mary and living happily ever after with Mary similar to Jesus dreaming of Mary Magdalene.

The screen goes black and the movie ends because Now that we have this understanding that Toller dies at the end Could one of them be One not to miss.

The priest personifies the world's intense conflicts between the unstoppable forces of destruction our planet, our relationships, the consequences of the Iraq war, the brutality of corporate polluters, slavery, churches more attuned to materialism than spirituality and the receding forces of gentleness, compassion, prayers.

This isn't a religious movie, though profoundly spiritual. It reminded me of Dostoyevsky, Camus and the anguish of existing in a universe so corrupted that even the thought of bringing a child seems like a sin to his father.

Both Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried are amazing to watch. And my admiration to Paul Schrader.. Apparently, I am the oldest person commenting on this extraordinary film to recognize that the plot, characters, and pacing can all be traced back to Ingmar Bergman's Winterlight, Yes, Paul Schrader has created a great new original film but we must recognize its sources and failure to do so leaves us withering.

You will not have to see Ingmar Bergman's original to appreciate this film, but the fact that so much comes from that film makes it weird to me that no one has recognized it so far.

Beautifully executed, gorgeously shot and accomplished acting all contribute to the effectiveness of this film. It may seem a little shallow to some, but it is very worthwhile.

Some objectively good movies also make you feel good while watching them. Others crush you with weighty material, penetrating emotions and powerhouse performances.

Legendary writer-director Paul Schrader returns to his past glorious form with this film. Some 40 years after writing 'Taxi Driver', he unleashes another portrait of a man experiencing a deep existential crisis as he sinks further into despair because of what he perceives to be a failing humanity.

Toller runs a small church in New York state called First Reformed, which has a dwindling congregation of merely a dozen.

Nearby, First Reformed's parent church, which has a following of thousands, is headed by Reverend Jeffers Cedric the Entertainer.

Toller and Jeffers clash over their ways to best perform the Lord's work. Toller rejects all physical possessions and scoffs at the financial success of the parent church, while Jeffers futilely attempts to convince Toller that wealth and religious commitment are not mutually exclusive.

Toller is not a well man. He struggles to take joy in any aspect of life. His past haunts him, as do the present failures of humanity.

His despair becomes increasingly clear with each passing day that he writes in his diary, which was intended to be a form of prayer and offer clarity but instead only serves as a vehicle for him to psychologically self-punish.

As his mental health suffers, so does his physical state. He's sick, probably dying, but he guzzles hard liquor daily despite the stomach pain it causes.

Perhaps this too is self-punishment. As Toller struggles to find a purpose for his remaining time on Earth, one appears before him when a pregnant parishioner, Mary a career-best Amanda Seyfried , asks him to counsel her suicidal husband.

Toller agrees, but the conversations don't lead to any relief for either party. Toller believes he finds a purpose, but anyone of sound mind would hardly consider it a Godly cause.

This all builds to a climactic scene that will leave some viewers in breathless awe and others in maddening disbelief.

I took the final moments as a welcome relief after a punishing first minutes, but some may see the abrupt pivot in tone as off putting.

In any case, it's certainly spiritual trip and one that will stick with you long after the credits roll.

Maybe the most challenging that I've seen. I expected nothing less from Paul Schrader, though, as he's written and directed a lot of challenging stuff over the years.

It's slow, methodical and exacting. It asks important questions but does not give any easy answers or answers in general for that matter Ethan Hawke's performance at the epicenter of this film really is a towering achievement.

It's the kind of performance that will do down as not only one of the best of the year, but this will be remembered most likely as his career best.

Ernst Toller is a man struggling internally with immense pain and turmoil. The loss of his only child has caused his marriage to fall apart so he has since turned to the Lord for whatever form of relief he can find.

Nothing will ever take away that pain, but he's at least been able to somewhat cope with it over the years He writes in a journal every day as a form of self prayer or maybe just a way to put his ruinous thoughts down on paper instead of keeping them bottled up where they could potentially do more harm.

A meeting with a local man one day where a multitude of different end-of-the-world topics are discussed ends up leading the Reverend down a rabbit-hole of immense consequences.

All of which cause Toller to question his commitment to God and the Church. He's the pastor of a small local church that are all but extinct now and every city is being overrun with these massive churches.

Faith has become a spectacle run by mostly phonies who only care about the bottom-line instead of the people and the close-knit community - another thing that frustrates him.

Ethan Hawke is able to quietly walk this emotional tightrope the entire film and never allows him to fall into any histrionics. Amanda Seyfried takes on the important role of Mary one of only 2 main female roles and she delivers her best performance as well.

Mary becomes a integral part of the Reverend's life as they're able to help each other through these difficult times Cedric "The Entertainer" Kyles also shows up along the way as the pastor of the big conglomerate church who, despite good intentions, is probably doing more harm than good.

I feel like it really demands to be seen whether you're a person of faith or not. This is definitely not your typical Christian film and that's probably gonna upset a lot of people, but this one and Schrader have more lofty ideas and weighty themes on their mind.

This is a very dense screenplay which leads to a heavy film that expects a lot from the audience.

Paul Schrader isn't letting anyone off the hook easily here This is also the kind of film that doesn't divulge all of its secrets in one sitting Paul Schrader and company have created something wholly unique and special with 'First Reformed' and I think it's definitely something to be valued.

So if you're in the mood for something a little different and don't mind your movies making you think, then please give it a chance!

PotassiumMan 3 June It is very unusual for a film to aggravate me with its heavy-handed narrative and simple-minded mentality, but this one enraged me more than any other film I've seen in years.

To be sure, this film does not immediately embrace its radical ideology. It starts out deliberately, almost at a molasses-like pace but then abruptly turns into something profoundly and alarmingly nonsensical, which is why I'm never going to forget it, but not in a good way.

Director Paul Schrader provides us with the story of Reverend Toller played with pained dignity by Ethan Hawke , who lost his son in Iraq and has had to cope with the emotional scars ever since.

His marriage is in ruins. His stately old church in upstate New York is an historical landmark but lives in the shadows of the more modern, larger congregation that has greater weight in the local community.

Hawke's character gets to know a young couple in his small church, one of whom is a troubled environmental activist.

This raw drama is meant to be about the loss of faith, but its singular problem is the dearth of character development that is required for the extreme turn that the plot takes.

The film's descent into lunacy, into over-the-top absurdity is not warranted given how little we connect with Hawke's character.

His life has problems, for sure, but his psyche is somewhat inscrutable despite a voiceover diary, no less and therefore what follows is inexplicable.

His ultimate motives are maddeningly opaque. The ideological transformation lacks a coherent basis and therefore never touches credibility even with its fingertips.

The film's shift felt very sudden, and I was shaking my head in the end, wondering how the storyline, for lack of a better word, collapsed.

Its promising start felt like years ago when the credits were rolling. With the right approach and a more subtle, nuanced point of view, this film could have been a classic.

Instead, it becomes a cartoonish propaganda piece that will not satisfy an educated audience. Not recommended. I'll applaud a good film whether I hold the beliefs of the maker s.

Add one counseling session with a young, environmental fanatic and boom: suicide bomber. Is this a remotely probable demographic?

There is some support here, but the actual intellectual engagement at a theological level supposedly this character's driving mentality are a few obvious scripture quotes and brief exchanges.

I have engaged in far deeper conversations with environmental activists on Christian under-pinning for their beliefs than this film even considers.

It isn't of substance. This is part of the story, but it is convenient when I can leave a theater on the global consequences of climate change and not feel an iota of responsibility or need to change.

Thank you, for the pat on the back and reinforcement of smug slactivism. Hawke's portrayal: he nailed the glassy-eyed, soulless addict.

Unfortunately, the character needed to be so much more than this to pull such grand issues together.

Conclusion: Based on the narrative, I'm forced into a few possible explanations for the character's development: 1.

Anomalous psychotic break not shown on film 2. I'm leaning toward the latter. Comments welcomed. I've been a fan of Ethan Hawke for 38 years, and I was sailing along with First Reformed through the dramatic turn but disconnected in the last fifteen minutes when the storytelling went off the rails.

The protagonist gets an idea that is certainly dramatic, but doesn't first his character or backstory.

It simply makes no sense and when the screen went to black for the credits I actually thought there was a projection malfunction!

The abrupt ending wasn't challenging, it was stupid and I felt used. The last fifteen minutes of First Reformed were neither.

The Yakuza is one of my all-time favorites. I would not have gone to see the movie without the Paul Schrader connection.

The theme of the movie is very contemporary and thought provoking. It was well acted and the photography was great. But if you remember the scene from The Producers where everyone in the audience is just looking at each other in disbelief before Dick Shawn makes his appearance, that is the exact reaction of the audience to the end of the movie when I watched it.

The ending of the movie was so bizarre that it actually seemed as if the projector had broken. Do not under any circumstances spend money to see this.

It has redeeming value of course but I guarantee you that you will be disappointed. I don't normally write reviews with spoilers.

This story comes completely undone with in the last five minutes. And does so in such a fashion I managed to practically dismiss everything good from the beginning.

The quiet but steadfast Pastor Toller is a token Pastor in a tiny token church financed by a much larger religious organization known as Abundant Life.

Toller already has faced a fair amount of pain and loss, his son killed in the Iraqi war only six months into his first deployment, which lead to his divorce.

Toller is quietly plagued by alcoholism and guilt as a result. He also has the added anxiety of now facing terminal cancer.

A young married couple, Michael and Mary, come to the Pastor for counseling as Michael wants his wife to abort their coming baby.

Michael is completely obsessed with the idea of total global environmental meltdown by the year , and can not bear the thought of his child being handed an unlivable world.

The good Pastor Toller very much enjoys engaging Michael for the sake of avoiding the abortion, and feels he is gaining ground to give the soon to be father some badly needed hope.

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