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jhhayes's avatar


How in the world could the Academy overlook Ethan Hawke's revalatory performance in this outstanding film? Powerful stuff...
2 years 2 months ago
Rohit's avatar


Speaking of films this reminded people of, how about Winter Light? See a strong similar theme.
2 years 9 months ago
beckenpower95's avatar


Highly recommend this film, as well as checking out Schrader's comments about the film after. An amazing of exploration of the connection between spirituality and cinema.
2 years 9 months ago
EndsInThemselves's avatar


Incredibly powerful.

I thought a lot about one of my favorite films Take Shelter. It only relates obliquely.
2 years 10 months ago
filmistruth's avatar



I would argue that there isn’t a crisis of faith happening at all. More like a crisis of humanity. But the film fits squarely in that genre in tone and execution.
2 years 10 months ago
Monochrome Man's avatar

Monochrome Man

I also thought of "Take Shelter." It was an odd film and I didn't think it was that good when I saw it a few years ago. But, it's never left me and has grown on me. I guess the tone of "First Reformed" was a reminder (plus, both are about troubled men who obsess a bit).

"First Reformed" is also thought-provoking, but I thought it went off the rails from the spoiler until the end. Still, an interesting film, with lots of meat to it. Perhaps it will also grow on me.
2 years ago
bm97's avatar


Someone has already mentioned that it's similar to Winter Light and I completely agree. In some scenes, it was quite obvious. However, it was shot incredibly well.
3 months 1 week ago
K.'s avatar


This being nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay goes to show that the members of the Academy are either un-educated in world cinema, or just don't care.

A reverend suffering from ailment (Diary of a Country Priest) begins conversing with a disturbed man at the request of disturbed man's pregnant wife, spoiler (Winter Light). Schrader simply changed out the man's fear from nuclear to climate change.

The opening scene is likewise almost identical to the opening scene in Winter Light, and that scene spoiler
2 years 1 month ago
otoemec's avatar


A haunting rendition, or continuation, of Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest.
2 years 2 months ago
jamesblakeewing's avatar


Reminds me of about 5 other much better films about crises of faith.
2 years 10 months ago
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