First Glance: “Master Gardner”

High on my 2023 anticipated list is “Master Gardner”, the new crime thriller written and directed by Paul Schrader. I’m always onboard for a new Schrader film, and his last two movies behind the camera (“First Reformed” and “The Card Counter”) were among my favorites from their years. The film had its world premiere last September at the Venice International Film Festival. With its official release nearing, a new trailer has dropped and I love what we’re shown.

Joel Edgerton plays a brilliant and devoted horticulturist who works at an extravagant garden estate owned by a dignified dowager played by Sigourney Weaver. When the gardener is forced to take on his employer’s troubled niece niece (Quintessa Swindell), dark secrets from his past slowly start to boil to the surface. From the trailer it’s clear that Schrader is taking his story to some interesting places. And Edgerton looks to be a perfect fit for the role he’s taking on. I can’t wait to see it.

“Master Gardener” hits theaters May 19th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

8 thoughts on “First Glance: “Master Gardner”

  1. Yeah, I want to see this though I didn’t get the chance to see The Card Counter due to timing and the fact that I got rid of HBO at the end of last year because of the rising cable bills.

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