Written and Directed by Paul Schrader.
Starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer, Philip Ettinger, Michael Gaston, Victoria Hill, and Van Hansis.
A former military chaplain is wracked by grief over the death of his son. Mary is a member of his church whose husband, a radical environmentalist, commits suicide, setting the plot in motion.
Hope and despair is the equivalent to the metaphorically persuasive angel and the devil on the shoulders of one of God’s lonely souls, a pastor at the titular First Reformed church. The establishment is about to celebrate its 250th anniversary regardless of the fact that attendance has gone the way of the dodo (among other things like the organ not working and needing replacement parts) and is now more of a small tourist attraction, but it’s still something Toller is passionate about, possibly to the point of obsession considering