Drehbuch Paul Schrader
Kamera Alexander Dynan
Schnitt Benjamin Rodriguez Jr.
Musik Brian Williams
Darsteller Mit Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Van Hansis, Michael Gaston, Victoria Hill, Philip Ettinger
Ernst Toller war ehemals Geistlicher beim US-Militär. Er hat mit dem Tod seines Sohnes zu kämpfen, den er ermutigte, in die Armee zu gehen. Der Priester trifft in seiner Gemeinde auf die schwangere Mary, die ihn um Hilfe bittet. Es kommt zu einem tragischen Vorfall, woraufhin Toller und Mary einander Trost spenden. Gemeinsam stellen sie fest, dass die Kirche des Priesters mit skrupellosen, umweltbelastenden Firmen unter einer Decke steckt...
When I was younger, I admired and wrote about spiritual films but I never thought I’d make one myself. Then, I was having dinner with Paweł Pawlikowski, a director whose film of that genre (Ida) had just won the Academy Award; and when I left that dinner, I said, “It’s time for me to write one of these scripts. So, I did.” First Reformed is a script I've been moving toward for almost fifty years. The moment I decided to write one of these films, it went very quickly. I had anumber of films I was referencing, but I had to make it my own.You write character, theme, dialogue, plot; and then you come at it visually, and say, how can I bring this to life? And then a whole new process begins.Usually I try not to write for an actor, but about half way through this script, Ethan Hawke’s image appeared to me and I thought, “This is right for Ethan—and that image fixed in my brain.” Fortunately, he responded days after reading it and said, “I related to this material instantaneously. I really do feel like my life has prepared me for this part.” I was delighted when Amanda Seyfried joined the cast, not just for her talent and aura of innocence, but also because she was pregnant at the time playing a character who was pregnant. When I write, I think like a writer, and when I direct, I think like a director. I chose a deliberate, restricted and composed style. I’ve never made a film in this way before, but, once begun, it came naturally.
"Schrader inszeniert sein profundes Thema irgendwo zwischen Arthouse und Grindhouse, und Hawke in der Hauptrolle bildet sein düster-faszinierendes Zentrum."
"First Reformed, a mesmerizingly austere drama of one man’s apocalyptic crisis of faith."
"No one would call First Reformed a fun time at the movies. But its ambition, fervor and vitality are indisputable."