Thursday 20th September 2018 - 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm, Palmer Building
Rev. Toller (Hawke), an ill man in the midst of a spiritual breakdown, is put upon to organise a fête for the re-consecration of his 250-year-old First Reformed church in upstate NY. The event tests his perilous fragility and he finds a climatic outlet when a pregnant parishioner asks him to counsel her radical environmentalist husband who does not want to bring a child into this world.
USA 2017 – Directed by Paul Schrader with Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer – 113 min
This mesmerizing drama of a pastor’s crisis of faith feels like the movie Paul Schrader was put on this planet to make – WASHINGTON POST
Ethan Hawke, whose great gift as an actor is that you can almost never see him acting, is superb as the troubled pastor – THE GUARDIAN
First Reformed, the latest film from pugnacious director/writer Paul Schrader, is as austere and revelatory as a church confessional – HOUSTON CHRONICLE