Paul Schrader on First Reformed: “This is a troubling film about a troubled person”

The legendary filmmaker talks about faith-based movies, the end of our species, and his film’s enigmatic conclusion.

Paul Schrader’s unsettling, gut-punching First Reformed has been heralded as one of the year’s finest films by critics (including me). It’s the story of a minister, played by Ethan Hawke, whose upstate New York church is preserved more as a museum than an active congregation and sits in the shadow of a much bigger and well-funded church nearby. Meanwhile, Hawke’s...

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