Screening Room: ‘A Ghost Story’

In A Ghost Story, Casey Affleck plays a ghost who haunts the house he once shared with his beloved, Rooney Mara.

It opens this weekend in limited release. My review is at Film Journal International:

A good rule of cinematic thumb is that when a ghost movie isn’t trying to scare you: Watch out. Hijinks or romance are sure to follow, and not with good results. It’s also generally best to avoid movies whose specters are visible, since what one can’t see is almost always more terrifying than what you can see; invisibility just leaves open too many possibilities. Somehow, David Lowery has aggressively flouted these rules in A Ghost Story—by first not caring a whit whether you are scared and then giving his ghosts highly unusual corporeal form—and come out the other side with a truly spectacular movie…

Here’s the trailer:

One thought on “Screening Room: ‘A Ghost Story’

  1. Great review in the Journal, thank you. This is a complex film to unpack. It is deliberately slow as time after death probably is; the acting is minimalist but these fine actors are almost irrelevant to the film. It works because the story unfolds from the ghost’s viewpoint in a very melancholic way. I’ve called it “a haunting reflection on grief and what lies beyond the last heartbeat”.


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