A Ghost Story

A film by David Lowery. In eng­lish with ger­man subtitles.

Lauded film­ma­ker David Lowery, last at the Festival with the lyri­cal Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013), reu­ni­tes with his col­la­bo­ra­tors for a haun­ted tale like no other—one con­cei­ved in secret and fue­led by the spi­rit of pure, crea­ti­ve expression.

Lowery’s meti­cu­lous­ly spar­se nar­ra­ti­ve con­tem­pla­tes a spec­tral figu­re who was once a man (Casey Affleck). Prematurely taken from this Earth, he makes his way toward his for­mer home, whe­re he is fated to remain fore­ver­mo­re. Shrouded in a white sheet, he obser­ves the lament of his grief-stri­cken lover (Rooney Mara). Bearing unseen wit­ness to her pain, the wisp stands sen­try for years to come, inter­ac­ting only with time as it hurt­les fur­ther and fur­ther for­ward, the rem­nants of his huma­ni­ty quiet­ly evaporating.

Making full use of his sin­gu­lar abili­ties as a visu­al sto­rytel­ler and fine­ly tun­ed craft­sman, Lowery bold­ly returns with an enri­ching expe­ri­ment in micro-cine­ma that gor­ge­ous­ly defies categorization

But the­re is a kind of sen­ti­men­tal romance in the ghost’s silent stoi­cism and deter­mi­na­ti­on to car­ry on. The awful ine­vi­ta­bi­li­ty of death is com­pli­ca­ted by the thought that you might have to sur­vi­ve, as a ghost, for reasons as arbi­tra­ry and meanin­g­less as the cau­se of your death. Which is sca­ri­er still.“ Peter Bradshaw | The Guardian

USA 2017, 90 Min., engl. OmU 
Regie, Buch & Schnitt: David Lowery 
Kamera: Andrew Droz Palermo 
Casey Affleck,
Rooney Mara,
Will Oldham,
Rob Zabrecky