‘First Reformed’: 5 Ways Paul Schrader’s Hit Exemplifies the Best in Indie Film

‘First Reformed’: 5 Ways Paul Schrader’s Hit Exemplifies the Best in Indie Film

Critic Dave Kehr is now a curator in the film department of the Museum of Modern Art, but in 2011 he published a reviews collection, “When Movies Mattered.” It covered movies of mostly the ’70s and ’80s, years that saw film and criticism elevated to more serious consideration. I have been thinking of that title with A24’s release of Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed.” Now in its third weekend, it’s passed the $1 million mark in just 91 theaters.

That’s promising, but it’s not the gross that interests me most. What’s compelling is the combination of critical attention and theatrical response, which represents a victory for the increasingly endangered world of specialized film.

Here’s are are some reasons why even the film could mean so much more than a modest box-office success.

It doesn’t fit the mold of what gets made, or gets audience attention.

“First

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Author: Tom Brueggemann