First Reformed


Somerville Theatre - Screen 5 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 6:00 PM
Film Info
Genre:Narrative Feature
Premiere Status:New England Premiere
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Paul Schrader
Additional Info


Expected to be in attendance: Director Paul Schrader, in conversation with Jason Gorber, from CTV News Channel

Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York that is 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 and eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunging into his own tormented past—and equally despairing future—until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (TAXI DRIVER, AMERICAN GIGOLO, AFFLICTION) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.