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A GHOST STORY review

It’s All about Time

What happens to our loved ones after we leave them?  “A Ghost Story” follows that depressing topic as a young couple, struggling through life, are searching for more.  C and M seem to be reaching an agreement on their future life when tragedy strikes.  C is struck and killed one morning in-front of their home.  A little while later, C “arises” from the morgue (covered in the white hospital sheet) and he soon wanders home.  Once arriving, he sees M wrought with grief.  As the days pass, M’s healing process continues and eventually she moves out of the home, leaving behind a piece of her soul.  The rest of the film follows C’s afterlife as he stays in the house they built their love in.

Casey Affleck stars as C, the husband who passes away and spends his afterlife in the house.  Rooney Mara plays M, the wife who struggles with grief after losing her husband.  Kenneisha Thompson plays the doctor at the hospital.  Grover Coulson plays an old man in the hospital who is in a wheelchair.  Kesha has a brief role as a girl at a party, nicknamed Spirit Girl.  Jared Kopf, a professional magician, plays a magician in the film as well.  Liz Franke plays a friend of M’s named Linda.

“A Ghost Story” is nothing more than an intimate, introspective look-into grief, but its standout performances and authentic melancholy separate it from the films who have come before it.  SO much of the film relies on its’ two leads, Affleck and Mara, and they do not disappoint.  Mara carries much of the film, and has one heartbreakingly-real scene after another.  One scene, which features a 5-7 minute uninterrupted shot, has Mara’s M eating an entire pie on the floor of the kitchen, so grief stricken that she has no ability no stop or do anything else; it’s one of the most powerful scenes of the film.  Affleck spends most of his screen time underneath a white sheet, but it’s the subtlety of his performance that makes it so endearing.  Whether it is the body language or the slow movements, Affleck’s performance as C is what ties the film together.  Depending on your beliefs, “A Ghost Story” is sure to raise many questions and issues.  As a catholic, I never found myself offended or unhappy with the afterlife shown on the screen; more so encouraged.  A song, written and performed by C, dominates much of the film.  It’s actually from the film’s composer’s, Daniel Hart, band Dark Rooms (titled: “I Get Overwhelmed”, but it beautifully-fits the film’s melancholy and morose tone and it plays a much bigger role than you might expect.  We have always seen ghosts represented in culture with shite sheets, but  “A Ghost Story” shows-us that it is supposed to represent a hospital sheet; such a minute-but-important detail that completes the film.  “A Ghost Story” has a run time of 92 minutes, which keeps the film brisk and to-the-point.  Director David Lowery’s follows-up to “Pete’s Dragon” is a much-less family affair, but one that introspectively-raises questions morally, psychologically, and spiritually.  A look into one’s soul, “A Ghost Story” is a deeply-moving film that serves as a beautiful reminder that we are all human.

“A Ghost Story” follows a young couple after tragedy strikes, leaving the wife to pick-up the pieces while her husband’s ghost watches.  The film features a few great performances and an introspective and well-rounded story that beautifully-handles an uncomfortable topic.  “A Ghost Story” is a well-rounded and intriguing film, but one that will make much more of an impact in the comfort of your own home!

 4/5

A GHOST STORY is rated brief language and a disturbing image, in theaters JULY 28TH!

 

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