Review: A Ghost Story
Watching. Always watching.
We start with a couple known only as C (Casey Affleck) and M. (Rooney Mara) She wants to move. He wants to stay. After C dies in a car accident, he rises again as a ghost under a literal sheet. He could move on, but he chooses to go back to his home to watch M. Eventually, M has to move on, but C is now stuck there.
I'm a huge fan of director David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints so I've been curious about this since it premiered at Sundance. The film is shot in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio. It's almost as if you're watching the film through a camera or a window. Even the corners are rounded. It's an interesting way to frame this story.
This movie isn't going to be for everyone. It's a very somber film. With lots of long takes and little meaningful dialogue, but you can't help but admire the risk Lowery took with this. We're literally following Casey Affleck under a bed sheet for most of this film. But sometimes we linger a little too long on shots. Long enough to be thrown out of the movie and to start thinking of the film making process. Did they really make Rooney Mara stress eat that entire pie? What kind of pie was it? Did this guy giving the doomsday speech have a script or is he just ad-libbing?
Issues aside, I can't help but love how sad, strange, and beautiful this film is.
Memorable Quote: "What do you like about this house so much? - M (Rooney Mara)