Master Gardener (2023)

1h 51m / R / Thriller

Narvel Roth (Joel Edgerton) takes great care and pride in his work as the 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), and when Mrs. Haverill demands Narvel take Maya on as an apprentice, a chain reaction is set off that catalyzes Narvel into coming to terms with his own shocking past.

Following First Reformed and The Card Counter, writer-director Paul Schrader continues his dramatic renaissance with a brooding, startling tale about dormant violence and the possibility of regeneration.