The Card Counter

"Paul Schrader has spent much of his career peering into the dark abyss of troubled men's souls. He creates another subject eminently worthy of such examination in the title figure of The Card Counter..." - Hollywood Reporter

Paul Schrader is back with a vengeance with “The Card Counter,” his feature directorial follow-up to “First Reformed.” Schrader’s latest finds Oscar Isaac sinking his teeth into the kind of tormented male protagonist role that Schrader has perfected in the likes of “Raging Bull,” “Taxi Driver,” and more. Anticipation for “The Card Counter” is high not only because of the cast (Isaac stars alongside Tiffany Haddish and Willem Dafoe, a Schrader regular with “Last Temptation of Christ” and “Dog Eat Dog”) but also because Schrader is coming off his first screenwriting Oscar nomination for “First Reformed.”

The official synopsis for “The Card Counter” from Focus Features reads: “Redemption is the long game in Paul Schrader’s ‘The Card Counter.’ Told with Schrader’s trademark cinematic intensity, the revenge thriller tells the story of an ex-military interrogator turned gambler haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions, and features riveting performances from stars Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan and Willem Dafoe. Martin Scorsese serves as an executive producer on 'The Card Counter' and helped shaped the movie in post-production."

One of the best reviewed films of the year:

"A great poker sequence makes you feel like you're seated at the table, at the heady center of the action, and The Card Counter gives you that sensation." - Variety

"In an earlier era, with a few narrative tweaks, the role of William Tell could have been played by a growling Humphrey Bogart or a glacial Alain Delon." - The Guardian

"Paul Schrader's film grows more heated and crazed as the chaos of the past bleeds into a repressed present." - Slant Magazine

"It's a supremely compelling tale leavened by its wry humour and a subtle commentary on the essential emptiness of American life." - Little White Lies

"An incendiary portrait of America... a "Taxi Driver" for our times." - Reeling Reviews


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