First Reformed

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    May 13, 2002
    The Dark Side
    First Reformed

    Release Date:May 18, 2018
    Studio: A24
    Director: Paul Schrader
    MPAA Rating: N/A
    Screenwriter: Paul Schrader
    Genre: Thriller

    Starring: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric Kyles

    Plot Summary: 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 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 (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. 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.


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