Kyle Cubr reviews “A Ghost Story” for Cine-File

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Fresh off his first studio film with last year’s PETE’S DRAGON, David Lowery’s returns to his indie roots with the poignant A GHOST STORY. Lowery reunites Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck (who both starred in Lowery’s 2013 film AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS), the film finds the pair living the suburban life somewhere in Texas before everything is thrown asunder when C (Affleck) is killed in a car accident right in front of the house. The audience sees M (Mara) weep over her deceased husband’s sheet-covered body in the morgue before walking away, only for C to rise from the table, dressed as the simplest of ghosts possible. C’s spirit is restless and still yearns for M, so he returns home where he longingly, silently watches his wife, but unable to communicate with her. Lowery’s film is a deep meditation on life, love, death, and time. As the action progresses, it is discovered that C is bound to his former home but in a sense that seems to transcend a normal timeline. Instead, C exists within the past, present, and future of the space he used to call home. This allows the audience to see all the joy, pain, and general existence of everyone that has ever been there, a private view into the lives of so many others. Essentially a modern silent film (with the exception of a handful of moments of dialogue), Lowery forces the audience to look at the notions of loss on a more cosmic scale. Beautifully and quietly shot, A GHOST STORY offers audiences a more thoughtful approach than the standard ghost story and expands on the idea of what haunting can really be all about.

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