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Gerardo

Phenomenal film and one of the best films of 2018. Ethan Hawke and Paul Schrader deserve Oscar nominations.

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Mary

A masterpiece. The struggle between the needs of the human and the needs of the divine.

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Judith

Good

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Michael

I've never seen a film that so unflinchingly contemplates the intersection of one's moral/ethical/spiritual beliefs and one's sociopolitical responsibility to the environment. I saw this film for the first time when it was in theaters, and no more than a few days go by before I find myself ...Read more

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Richard

Ethan Hawke looks so miserable throughout the whole movie. Religion should make one joyous. What does this director know about it, I wonder? Not my cup of tea.

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kay louise

No, Richard, it "wasn't about Ethan having "religion" He was searching desparately for the meaning of life! He says early on, that he couldn't pray..But he was caught in a web.?of his own devising?True Belief/Faith does give Joy, but he couldn't find it-He was looking in all the wrong places. ...Read more

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Kathryn

I had the exact opposite reaction when I watched this film. I thought, Paul Schrader must have clergy in his family to know this much about it! There are joyous moments in religion, of course--but a heck of a lot of professional pastoring is wrestling with the darkest impulses of humanity. ...Read more

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Mary

I agree wholeheartedly. I can say this due to my experience knowing a Reformed ordained Elder.

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LEE

Full of the truth of our situation! Five Stars...

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Kathryn

[CONTAINS SPOILERS] I once was a pastor, and I saw bits of every dysfunctional pastor I have ever worked with in Hawke's portrayal. I, too, have felt the pressures to not be "political" when morality interferes with politics. I have experienced the businesslike sterility of the megachurch, ...Read more

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Mary

Ernst was divorced. Who should he take up with? Mary was not that vulnerable, in fact she was strong in her silent simple way. I am sorry you are so unhappy with your life experience.

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emma

Mary was a confused, emotion-tangled young woman that the priest allowed into his orb. It certainly was an abuse of power, which made the film that much more realistic - it happens all the time.

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Mary

The ending was redemptive. An affirmation and embrace of life.

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kay louise

Mary, how was this film redemptive? Who for?
Wondered where Ethan was going to detonate the vest? In front of the packed congregation-and take some with him?
I was so glad when he took it apart. But then the barbed wire...
Is beyond my understanding. As with Bergman, I need ...Read more

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Mary

The barbed wire comes from the ancient tradition of flagellants. I am sorry you can not see the redemption in Ernst's embrace of the basic life force and his joy that the Lord redeemed him by sending Mary.

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Nancy

I think any affirmation of life for the Reverend came way too late. Doomed, devastated and destroyed sum up this man, who was exceptionally played by Ethan H. It was just a hard movie to like.

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Mary

Affirmation of life came just in time. How could affirmation of live ever come too late? He was not destroyed, but reborn through his journey - The Hero with a Thousand Faces that Joseph Campbell wrote about.

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Jeff

Perhaps my favorite film of the year so far. Excellent acting, great script, and sparks an interesting conversation.

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kay louise

Jeff, am curious to know what other films you've seen this year, for you to rate this one your favourite! Yikes!

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Marcia

Ethan Hawke's Oscar campaign, who's in

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Mary

Me, I'm in, too.

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Kelly

Me! I'm in!

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CHUNG LEUNG

I wonder why the picture aspect ratio is 1:1 when I see it here. I checked on imdb.com and it says the aspect ratio is 1.37:1. (EDIT okay, I guess the original 1.37:1 which is close to 1:1 as I perceived it to be instead of any widescreen format that I came to expect.)

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Jacob

Interesting filmmaking style with loads of long and uniquely composed shots. The acting is phenomenal.

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Francoise

Excellent Ethan Hawke.

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Byron

excellent acting strange ending compelling story