This might just be Frances McDormand’s most powerful, incredible performance ever. The final confrontation has me shook
I’m still unsure about how Verhoeven handles sexual exploitation (see my thoughts on ‘Elle’), but this film combines everything I like about films dealing with the rawness and sheer chaos - both of communication, raw survival instinct and the transactional nature of death - joining a body of films that includes ‘Andrei Rublev’, ‘Hard to be a God’, ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’, modulating the comedy and fantasy of the fairytale action of ‘The Princess Bride’ with absolute, unbridled sexuality (inviting comparisons to the rape and sexual abuse in ‘The Virgin Spring’) and unending violence
there is no religion without politics.
this is a film I would show to the Trump administration. I would show this film to the EPA. I don’t believe any American film released in 2016 and onwards should be seen as a product of these particular contexts, unless explicitly a part of the text or the development process.
But the themes ‘First Reformed’ explores - the immediacy of climate change, and whether we allow ourselves to merely stand by and allow…