Sundance 2017 Film Review: “A Ghost Story” (2017) ★★★★★


There are many weird movies, not in a bad way of course. As you watch them, you try to revisit the entire storyline in your mind to find the answer you believed the movie failed to answer. A Ghost Story is the movie that will make you think over and over again. In the meantime, you will be watching it with fascination, as the raw concept is what makes it outstanding.

A Ghost Story follows a married couple C (Casey Affleck) and M (Rooney Mara) who live a quiet life in a little town. All what they do is enjoy their time, each other’s company and appreciate each other’s presence in the meantime. But there is also strange things happening in the house. They hear some noises, or think there might be a ghost in the house. But everything changes in a matter of one day when the next day C is found dead in his car after a car accident. When Rooney`s M comes to the morgue to identify the body of her husband, she leaves the place; shortly after, so does her husband as well – as a ghost. When a white and bright light appears through the wall of the hospital the ghost decides to change his direction and follows his wife.

When M comes home, she appears to be in shock. Seemingly lost, in terms of having an empty house where her beloved husband will never be in again, she starts eating a pie she finds on the table left by her neighbor. And you as a viewer will have to watch it until she finishes it. But what she does not know is that all this time her husband, as a ghost of course, was watching her quietly with great patience. There is another interesting detail about the ghost, it’s that despite we never see him under the white sheet he was in and only his eyes, you still could see how miserable he felt himself.

A Ghost story, written and directed by David Lowery, has brought a new way of telling a horror story. Despite having not even a single gruesome scene, the ghost does everything possible to scare everyone – whoever moves in to the house. The ghost meets another ghost from across the street. And when he asks who is it that the ghost is waiting for, the reply was, ” I don’t remember”. Even though you might think that scene was irrelevant, but by the time you reach the end of the film, that particular scene will have a whole different point.

There is not even a single scene that would not make you feel curious about the direction the storyline was going to take. A ghost, who travels in time back and forth will eventually find its purpose, and that is the scariest part. Because the ending of the movie will shock you to the core, while you will feel puzzled. Having said that, A Ghost Story is one of the unique horror movies I’ve ever seen in a while, and more importantly, will stick long after you finish watching it. The credit, of course, should go to the filmmaker who presents the film not just as an average one. The camera does not move much by focusing on its object as long as it’s possible to engage you and the Ghost as if you were right there, standing by and waiting for God knows what.

In the end, David Lowery’s A Ghost Story is an excellent movie. It’s haunting, gripping and perhaps, even creepier than you can possibly imagine. The way the film is shot will keep you focused on it throughout. And by the time it ends, you will keep looking around to ensure you have not been hunted by the ghost of the movie… because the way it was represented, I would not be surprised if someone would see one… And let’s all hope, you will never have to see the one…

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