The film might be divided into two parts: the first one, in which Toller tries to help the environmental activist Michael (the husband of Amanda Seyfried in the movie) and tries to save him from his desperate thoughts towards the world, knowing that the environment is now destroyed. For this very reason, Michael does not want his wife to bring out their son, because he hates his parents for the selfishness of having put him to the world, knowing that it is disappearing, that there is no way back, that the environment is gradually melting under the good people’s hands and that the power of money always wins over the power of goodness. Here Father Toller tries to give hope to the boy. The second part of the film focuses instead on the feelings of the priest, on the seed that Michael, with his words, has planted in his heart.
Ethan Hawke said he felt comfortable in interpreting this character, though complicated and full of nuances and most likely his best interpretation: “My grandmother always told me that I would become a priest and so I grew up with the fear that the famous call would come from one moment to another, but fortunately it was not. So interpreting this character was not difficult for me, since I grew up in close contact with religion. “