A Ghost Story

Studio: A24
Directed by David Lowery

Jul 05, 2017 Web Exclusive
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That it’s called ‘A’ Ghost Story and not ‘The’ Ghost Story is telling. The film follows one spirit, a musician who died young in a tragic accident, leaving his mourning wife alone in their rural home. Unlike the living who are bound by time, his ghost is bound by place; unable to meaningfully interact with the world as it passes around him, he can only watch at his wife moves on, as new lives enter and leave the house he used to call his own, and the years blow by like a breeze. As the ghost comes to terms with his reality, the past opens up to him and A Ghost Story enters an ever deeper realm of philosophical exploration.

David Lowery’s follow-up to Ain’t Them Bodies Saints—both films star Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara—is a cinematic poem about love and loss, but also the insignificance of human lives within the grand scale of our universe. A haunting mood piece which moves slowly but purposefully, the gorgeous visuals and deliberate pacing are easily on par with Terrence Malick’s best. It’s doubtful we’ll see a more beautifully-shot feature this year, if not for longer.


Author rating: 9/10

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