Directed by: Paul Schrader
USA, 2022, 110m, Rated R
Narvel Roth (Joel Edgerton) takes great care and pride in his work as the meticulous longtime head horticulturist at Gracewood Gardens, the historic estate of the demanding, imperious dowager, Norma Haverhill (Sigourney Weaver). An enclosed, scrupulously run world of its own, Gracewood has been in the Haverhill family for generations, and Norma trusts no one other than Narvel to continue its traditions. However, a threat of change is harkened by the arrival of Norma’s troubled grand-niece, Maya (Quintessa Swindell), whose presence sets off a chain reaction of events that unlock dark secrets and catalyze Narvel into coming to terms with his own buried, violent past. With this culmination of a tryptic of films about lonely men tormented by their past deeds that also includes First Reformed and The Card Counter, Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver) continues his dramatic renaissance with an equally effective, potent, and startling tale about dormant violence and the possibility of redemption.