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

supposed to say then?

There's something

growing inside Mary.

Something as alive

as a tree, surely.

As an endangered species.

Something full of the beauty

and mystery of nature.

You said sanction?

You think Mary should have

an abortion?

This birth,

is that your right?

Is that your decision?

Have you asked Mary

what she thinks?

Look, this... This isn't...

It's not about your baby.

It's not about Mary.

It's about you

and your despair.

Your lack of hope.

Look, people have,

throughout history,

have woken up

in the dead of the night,

confronted by blackness.

The sense that our lives

are without meaning.

The Sickness Unto Death.

Yeah, but this is

something different.

Yeah, no.

Man's great achievements

have brought him to the place

where life as we know it

may cease

in the foreseeable future.

Yes, that's new.

But the blackness

that's not.

We are scientific people.

We want to solve things.

We want rational answers.

Right? And if...

If humankind can't overcome

its immediate interests

enough to ensure its own

survival, then you're right.

The only rational response

is despair.

But do you think that, that...

That there's any existence

apart from this?

This here, right now?

- Uh, yes.

- Yeah, right.

- Before us. After us.

- Yeah.

- Yeah.

- Yeah. Wait a second.

You're talking about

the next lifetime? Huh?

You really... You just, uh...

I felt like

I was Jacob

wrestling all night long

with the angel.

Fighting in the grasp.

Every sentence,

every question,

every response

a mortal struggle.

It was exhilarating.

You believe

in martyrdom, Reverend?

I'm not sure I know

what you mean.

You know, the Saints of God,

the early Christians who

wouldn't renounce their faith?

The missionaries

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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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