A Ghost Story (2017), Dir. David Lowery

A Ghost Story (2017), Dir. David Lowery
A writer writes a novel, a songwriter writes a song, we do what we can to endure.
— Houseguest, A Ghost Story (2017)

Stars: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham, Sonia Acevedo, Rob Zabrecky, Liz Franke.
Director: David Lowery
Screenplay: David Lowery

How are we connected in love, is it just chemistry or is there something that threads us together through time and space. When we lose a loved one, it is hard to let go, to move on but that is our blessing. We heal over time, and sometimes we even forget. But what do our loved ones get, do they move on or live within the world that has forgotten them.

A gripping small film that asks big questions but allows you to ask them. Lowery off the back of Pete's Dragon (2016) has somehow flipped extremes from family movie emotions to adult ones. Mara plays the woman who has lost her partner with such recognition to grief. What do we do, how do we do things that were so easy before and how do we somehow distract ourselves long enough to get stuff done. Affleck's performance while more art piece than character somehow transcends from acting to something more transformative. He plays it as no longer human, no longer connected to physical time and space, only emotion and forgotten notes.

This film leaves you different from before and only incredible art can do this. Lowery has made art, has made soul on film and he did this with a man wearing a sheet over his head for the majority of it. That is the power of cinema, and visual storytelling.

★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2