Schraeder said he was inspired by Bergman and Bresson for this film. To me it seems like he stole more than half the plot from Bergman's Winter Light, even the camera shot of the nearly empty congregation shot from behind as the minister speaks. Of course he was clever with it, updating and embellishing the story with some wacky eco-jihad shit and a tight script. But he should've co-credited Bergman or something.
"First Reformed" pornește de la voință amenințătoare ca "Chiar dacă ai da naștere unui nou copil în acesta lume fără viitor, ai trebui să-l ucizi." Trebuie să nimicim totul învins de către voința? Trebuie să îmbrățișăm dragoste împotriva voinței? Acest e o capodoperă de-a lungul vieții lui Paul Schrader. // "First Reformed"は"この未来なき世界に子供を産むくらいならば、殺すべきだ"という禍々しい意志から幕を開ける。意志に屈し全てを破壊するか、意志を超克し愛を抱きしめるか。今作はポール・シュレイダー畢生の傑作だ。
Undoubtedly Ingmar Bergman in style and inspiration; reasonable to consider it a remake of "Winter Light." "First Reformed" is a contemplative mood-piece with a tour-de-force performance from Ethan Hawke (swear he's had like four now). Sure it juggles many themes, but so does the world we live in today. "Calvary" meets "Night Moves," only with the bonus of a great supporting performance from Cedric. Superb stuff.
Philip Ettinger's character really got to me. I'm not an activist but I understand where he and his convictions come from and I find myself agreeing with them more and more each day. Even if seeming exaggerated sometimes with the "I don't wanna bring a child into this world", this world truly is a fucked up place. I wouldn't be so sure about it either.
yes to the climate change awareness but no to this film. unconvincing, rushed mess that tries so hard to make comments on so many things and doesn't do any single one properly, with depth. also, the levitating scene was exceptionally ugly.
Paul Schrader remakes Winter Light with audacious slavishness, but even if Schrader is overshadowed by the masters he pulls from, his work finds a resonant home in an America that could use a Bressonian counterweight to megachurches and other forces of Christian kitsch. I'm not sure he can sell the environmental themes, or the ending, which opens thematic possibilities even if it doesn't work as drama. But excellent.
schrader returning in form. i have some doubts about the ending and the "transcendental/oneiric" scenes but still lots of guts for having a priest fall into despair and wanting to blow up his church and the capitalist pigs that finance it. it's a pity it doesn't fulfil its premises though