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
mit:
Casey Aff­leck,
Roo­ney Mara,
Will Old­ham,
Rob Zab­re­cky