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Forty-two years after "Taxi Driver," Paul Schrader directs his own script about another loner wrestling with evil

By Francine Stock   July 2018

First Reformed

Released on 13th July

Forty-two years after his first original screenplay (Taxi Driver for Martin Scorsese), Paul Schrader directs his own script about another loner wrestling with evil. This time, though, it’s a priest (lean and thoughtful Ethan Hawke) who must confront the crisis of a young environmentalist as well his own failing faith. Money, terrorism and eco-armageddon are debated in this unashamedly wordy drama, which still remains dynamic and strikingly sincere. It might be a tribute to Robert Bresson’s classic Diary of a Country Priest but…

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