Tuesday, July 31 @ 7:30 pm
The Ellen Theatre
Ethan Hawke brilliantly plays an alcoholic Protestant minister undergoing a profound spiritual and psychological crisis, in a stunning, enrapturing film by Paul Schrader, one of the American cinema’s most essential artists.
“ONE OF THE STRONGEST PICTURES OF 2018, AND A MIRACLE ALL TOO RARE IN FILMMAKING.” THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary. Rated R. 108 minutes. 95% Rotten Tomatoes.