Film Review: A Ghost Story

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DIRECTOR: David Lowery STARRING: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, McColm Cephas Jr., Kenneisha Thompson USA 2017

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At some point, we all have to accept that we won’t be here forever and there’s nothing we can do about it. A Ghost Story, written and directed by David Lowery, explores this subject by following the journey of a recently deceased man (Casey Affleck) who becomes a white-sheeted ghost and is forced to watch the love of his life (Rooney Mara) and the legacy he had built slip away while he’s unable to move on.

Not much is said, but a lot is seen and felt. The dialogue is sparse and only used when needed, but the images advance the plot and evoke strong emotions. When Rooney Mara eats a pie while sobbing, we feel her pain; when Affleck travels through time without a clear destination we relate to that because we’ve all been figuratively lost. Hauntingly beautiful and highly meditative, this movie is truly special.

Words: Jorge Alves
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