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A Ghost Story

  • 2017
  • R
  • 87min
  • 91%
  • 6.8 / 10

Recently deceased, a man attempts to return to his suburban home to console his grief-stricken wife. Upon his return, he discovers that he is merely a phantom unstuck in time. He is then forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away.

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One of the influences the film's writer and director, David Lowrey, cites is 'Under the Skin' - a 2013 science fiction film starring Scarlett Johansson. He says '[Under The Skin] takes a very simple idea – an alien figuring out what it means to be human – and represents it so beautifully and with such complexity. A Ghost Story is ultimately about a character learning that he needs to let go. That’s a very simple, graspable, commonplace idea. And yet, I wanted to render it with some degree of complexity. I looked to Under the Skin for inspiration as to how to do that.'

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A Ghost Story is a 2017 American supernatural drama film written and directed by David Lowery. The film's ensemble is lead by Casey Affleck as C, a man who becomes a ghost that remains in the house he shares with his wife - played by Rooney Mara. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and received positive reviews from critics such as David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter. He writes A poetic meditation on time, memory and spiritual connection that is utterly true to its title. While Eric Kohn from IndieWire gave the film an 'A' rating, calling the film an extraordinary mood piece that amounts to [Lowery's] best movie yet. The film was nominated for sixteen awards and won nine of them including three awards at the 43rd Deauville American Film Festival – the Revelation prize, the Critics Prize and the Jury Prize.