Directed by Academy Award® nominee Paul Schrader* based on his original screenplay, Master Gardener follows Narvel Roth (award-winner Joel Edgerton), the meticulous horticulturist of Gracewood Gardens. He is as much devoted to tending the grounds of this beautiful and historic estate, to pandering to his employer, the wealthy dowager Mrs. Haverhill (three-time Academy Award® nominee Sigourney Weaver). When Mrs. Haverhill demands that he take on her wayward and troubled great-niece Maya (Quintessa Swindell) as a new apprentice, chaos enters Narvel’s spartan existence, unlocking dark secrets from a buried violent past that threatens them all. (R, 1h 47m)
* Paul Schrader first became widely know for writing the screenplay of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. He later continued his collaboration with Scorsese, writing or co-writing Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ. He also directed a number his own films, notably First Reformed, The Card Counter, and Cat People.
“It shouldn’t work and, even after seeing it twice, I don’t think that it entirely does, which only makes it more fascinating and strengthens its power.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times
“Though Master Gardener may not be as effective as either The Card Counter or First Reformed… it burnishes [Paul Schrader’s] reputation as a great American portraitist.” – Kyle Smith, Wall Street Journal
“What Schrader has crafted with Master Gardener is a fable of redemption.” – JoshKupecki, Austin Chronicle