A dead man (Casey Affleck) returns home to haunt his wife (Rooney Mara), manifesting as a ghost wearing a sheet with eyeholes over his head. He remains stuck in the house even after she moves out, and observes different sets of occupants over the course of several decades. At the same time, he tries to communicate with a ghost living in the house next door. Written and directed by David Lowery (Pete's Dragon, Ain't Them Bodies Saints).~Jack Rodgers
"A Composer's Story" Featurette
"A Ghost Story and the Inevitable Passing of Time" Featurette
Audio Commentary with Director David Lowery
Rob ZabreckyPioneer Man
Grover CoulsonMan In Wheelchair
Barlow JacobsGentleman Caller
Augustine FrizzellClara's Wife Who Is Writing A Book
Jonny MarsOversharing Man
James M. JohnstonProducer
Andrew Droz PalermoCinematographer
Daniel HartComposer (Music Score)
Jade HealyProduction Designer
Adam WillisSet Decorator
Annell BrodeurCostume Designer
Johnny MarshallSound/Sound Designer
Angie MeyerFirst Assistant Director
Alan BergExecutive in Charge of Production
Angie MeyerUnit Production Manager
Johnny MarshallRe-Recording Mixer
Kristin Johansen-BergExecutive in Charge of Production
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Haunting Slow Burn
Owned for 4 months when reviewed.
A hauntingly experimental and intentional glacial film that avoids easy categorization and easy viewing. It's not for everyone, but if you are a patient moviegoer who likes arthouse projects, then this is worth a shot. It will likely frustrate you at times, but if you go in with the right mindset, it will also wow you.
It's not what A Ghost Story is saying. It's how A Ghost Story says it. Like chimes gently rustling in the wind or chills slowly creeping up your arms A Ghost Story somehow manages to give a sense of being so distant you're not one hundred percent sure what is causing the noise or the feeling, but at the same time it feels so deeply personal and so intimately cutting that deep down in your soul you know what it is. You know it's the wind, but you imagine something more ethereal. You know it's the melody of the song you're listening to, but you imagine it's because the singer is speaking directly to you; into your ear. It's difficult to describe past these dumbfounded attempts at articulating something meaningful just how much A Ghost Story hits you-that is, if it hits you. While it's difficult to describe all of the emotions and thoughts this latest film from David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Pete's Dragon) left me with I realize it will be just as difficult for some people to understand what the movieit is, what it's trying to do, or what the big deal is at all. And in many regards, this is understandable. This is a very quiet film-a film where people don't communicate and we, the audience, must discern what is happening and what is being felt from that non-verbal communication. We must allow Lowery and his 4:3 aspect ratio images to wash over us in a way that requires a fair amount of patience. If patient, the film seemingly speaks to you. If not, there is no need to waste your time on it. For me though, A Ghost Story worked in stages in that at first I was curious; never knowing where the story might lead or what might happen to the characters we see come in and out of the picture. Then, once the structure began to take shape, it became about the ideas-the themes of subjective spirituality, the concept of time and how it's the one thing we can't get more of no matter how rich we are, or the pain of dealing with loss and death and the inevitable nothingness everyone's future is likely to be, but that we hope and pray it's not. It's bleak. It's very bleak and it's very sad in how it captures small truths about life and the relationships we form while we're here. It's a film I find difficult to comprehend fully and thus is likely the reason it continues to resonate with me even days after seeing it and having watched several other films since. I keep returning to images, to sounds, and to the thoughts it instigated in my brain. It's a movie not for everyone, but if you find it's for you it's something pretty special.
How would I describe this movie? It is definitely an "arty" movie. The plot is simple as it revolves our time and loss in a unique way. I liken this movie to Drive as it has minimal dialogue and imagery is used to convoy mood. I'l say this movie is good for those that want something moving and confusing at the same time. A Ghost Story is not a movie for everyone, you have to be in the right mood to see a movie that makes you think about life, death, and time.
Wasn’t sure at first if I liked or disliked this film, as it takes a very specific and languid approach that was sometimes trying as a viewer. However, for a film about the nature of time and love and loss, it’s part of the point. In the end, the style and direction was appreciated in a unique and wholly different style of filmmaking.
Good movie that honestly is not for everyone. It’s slow and not a horror film, instead what you are getting is a moving & sometimes sad movie about what comes after we die and how time can pass.
I can understand how some may not enjoy it, but if you are in the mood for something different, I say give it a shot!