First Reformed

Synopsis: A priest of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Paul Schrader
Production: A24
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

about being liked?

I look at the last lines

I wrote with disdain.

Twelve months.

Can I keep up an exercise

that long?


When I read these words,

I see not truth, but pride.

I wish I had not used

the word pride.

But I cannot cross it out.

If only I could pray.




Hi, Reverend.

- Hi. Is Michael home?

- Yeah. Come on in.

Okay. Yeah.

- Hey. Good to see you.

- Nice to see you.

Um, would you like

some coffee?

Yes. But, um...

We're... I...

I think we have some tea.

Yes. That would be better.

- Okay.

- Thanks.


- Let me take your coat?

(CHUCKLES) Um, no, it's okay.

I got it.

Come on in.

Yeah. I don't know why Mary...

There's no need to apologize.

No, uh... She told me

that you've been up in Canada.

Uh, yeah. Uh, Fort Providence.

It's, uh,

in the Mackenzie Delta.

It's way in the north.

Yeah. Beautiful country,

I imagine.

Yeah, it is. (CHUCKLES)

Mary said things have been

getting you down?

(CHUCKLES) Uh, yeah, things.

Yeah, you could say that.


Oh! Thank you very much.

- It's hot.

- Perfect.

Thank you.

- Well, Mary is pregnant.

- Hmm.

Yeah. How far along is she?

Uh, 20 weeks.

- Congratulations.

- Thanks.

Hey, how old are you,


I'm 46.

Uh, 33.

That's... That's how old

our child will be in 2050.

- Mmm-hmm. Mmm-hmm. Yeah.

- You know, that's...

That's two years older

than I am right now.


- You'll be 81.

- (LAUGHS) Yeah.

Hey, you know what the world

will be like in 2050?

Hmm. Hard to imagine.

Yeah, you think?

I mean, Reverend...

Uh, the world

is changing so fast.

And right in front of us.

I mean, one third

of the natural world

has been destroyed

in your lifetime.

You know,

the earth's temperature

will be three degrees

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Paul Schrader

Paul Joseph Schrader is an American screenwriter, film director, and film critic. Schrader wrote or co-wrote screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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