Made in secret and on a micro-budget, A Ghost Story is a haunting and sparse love story starring Rooney Mara (Lion) and Oscar-winner Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea).
Influenced by the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, SFF 2010), David Lowery’s enigmatic film is built with a sparse narrative, minimal dialogue and a series of glorious images that convey great emotion.
Affleck and Mara play a married couple who live in a cosy Texan home. When the man is killed, he returns to the house they shared as a spectral presence covered by a white sheet. The ghost watches his grieving wife as she lives on without him: what follows is a startling meditation on loss, grief, love and the passage of time.
As the ghost bears witness to a world that passes on without him, Lowery delivers a fantastical vision rich with feeling and curiosity over the mysterious forces governing everyday life… The result is a soul-searching drama in which powerful revelations emerge less from a satisfying destination than from the beautiful struggle involved in getting there. – Eric Kohn, Indiewire