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First Reformed (2017)

Drama | 113 minutes
3,22 287 votes

Genre: Drama / Thriller

Duration: 113 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Paul Schrader

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried and Cedric the Entertainer

IMDb score: 7,1 (62.747)

Releasedate: 18 May 2018

First Reformed plot

Toller, a former army chaplain, is deeply saddened by the death of his son. Mary, a member of Toller's Church, also suffers greatly from the death of her husband, a radical environmentalist, who committed suicide. Toller discovers suspicious activity at his church. The church appears to have links with unethical companies.

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avatar van IH88


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“Well somebody's got to do something!”

What a masterful performance by Ethan Hawke. At first I wasn't quite sure what to expect from First Reformed, but after some plot development (suicide Michael) the movie finally gets going. Director Paul Schrader also worked on the Taxi Driver script, and it shows. Although the ending of First Reformed doesn't dare to make a real choice, it was a satisfying ending for me. Also because of the acting of Hawke and Seyfried, and a certain scene in which they are on top of each other is brilliant.

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avatar van james_cameron


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A beautifully subdued role by Ethan Hawke in this static but largely fascinating moral dilemma. Nice dialogues too. The sober design (in ugly 4:3 image format) detracts from the punch of the whole as far as I'm concerned, but the film is otherwise fascinating enough in terms of material to condone this. Too bad about the unsettled ending. That could have been better.

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avatar van remorz


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Been a while since I saw this one. What I remember is more than solid to strong acting by Hawke, who expresses in a nicely dosed manner suppressed health problems, growing doubts under his skin and shaky faith, while conviction is still expected of him as a priest. The dialogue with Michael is an excellent example of this. On the surface he has everything ready to answer Michael but in fact he feels his fragile faith crumble with every automated answer he gives and every bible verse he mindlessly manages to read. recite.

His growing misunderstanding of the church community around him (and the ties it has with the rich, polluting corporations that have been on his radar since Michael) is proof of that. The looser the shackles of his faith become and his health problems continue to worsen, the more the door is opened to his radicalizing thoughts, his growing will to make a really good contribution to this world - if only through self-sacrifice - and ultimately for love.

The film is somewhat diffuse in structure and focus, but it is also quite a bit of hay that Schrader takes on. It is logical that not everything turns out equally well. The somewhat chilly, almost docu-like visual style didn't appeal to me either. Yet the film is characterized by a beautiful atmosphere of subcutaneously bubbling feelings that gradually shift Hawke's ideals. A bit of a shame about that kitschy scene halfway through. 3.5*

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