V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

A Ghost Story

V' 17

A Ghost Story

David Lowery
USA, 2016
Fiction, 92min, OF

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A Ghost Story

David Lowery
USA, 2016
Fiction, 92min, OF

Actors: 
Casey Affleck
C
Rooney Mara
M
McColm Cephas Jr.
Little boy
Kenneisha Thompson
Doctor
Screenplay: 
David Lowery
Sound: 
Johnny Marshall
Camera: 
Andrew Droz Palermo
Editor: 
David Lowery
Composer: 
Daniel Hart
Decoration: 
Jade Healy
Tom Walker
Costume: 
Annell Brodeur

Production: 
Sailor Bear
Zero Trans Fat Productions
Ideaman Studios
World Sales: 
WME
Distribution in Austria: 
UPI Austria
Format: 
DCP
Color

A GHOST STORY is difficult to categorize: eerily beautiful, dreamily melancholic, earnestly sincere and patience-testingly slow. The film ranks low for scares – it’s more likely to keep you up at night fretting about the meaning of life than to make you terrified of a spirit under the bed. A recent article included it in cinema’s latest big thing: post-horror.
Casey Affleck plays C (the film is too cool for actual names), a musician who lives on the outskirts of texas with his wife M, played by Rooney Mara. A few minutes in, he is killed in a car crash. At the morgue, Lowery holds the camera still, observing C’s body covered in a white sheet. We watch and watch – until C simply sits up on the slab and walks out, wearing the sheet. It’s funny, until it’s not. The image of ghost Affleck trudging home, sheet dragging in the mud, is piercingly sad. Back at the house – unlike Patrick Swayze in GHOST – he is unable to communicate with his partner. So he becomes a silent witness to her grief. Time passes, the world moves on, and he is trapped in the house contemplating eternity. (Cath Clarke)

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