Jake VanDorn, living in the stoical and strict Calvinist Reformation community in Grand Rapids, Michigan, believes he is pure and protected as Adam did in Garden of Eden. He faces life headon, an uncompromising and stalwart member of the community and faithful servant of God.
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Eden and Niki's future in Gehenna
|Season Hubley is the world weary Niki|
The Eve(s) of Hardcore are VanDorn's adolescent daughter Kristen (Ilah Davis), who disappeared on a church trip to California, and Niki (Season Hubley), the sex worker that helps VanDorn search for her. Together with Schrader's Iris, the child prostitute from his screenplay for Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976), they create single entity; Hardcore offers glimpses of where Iris may have come from and how she might have ended up if she weren't rescued a brutal, rage fueled father figure.
The third character in the story of The Fall is the serpent, private detective Andy Mast (Peter Boyle). The serpent's role in the Fall was to open Adam and Eve's eyes. Once their eyes were open, God cast them out of paradise and into the broken world we all inhabit. Mast gleefully introduces VanDorn to the seedy and sinful world outside Grand Rapids by showing him a pornographic loop of Kristin having sex with two men.
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