Admittedly, writer-director David Lowery’s A Ghost Story is
a bit of a hard sell given its top-billed star spends most of his time under a
white sheet and it’s more a metaphysical musing than the supernatural
scare-fest its title might suggest. But those that gave the film the time of day
were rewarded with a hauntingly beautiful, visually stunning meditation on
love, loss, life and legacy.
It’s hard to describe the movie because it’s one of those
films where not much happens on the surface, but basically Casey Affleck plays
the recently deceased ghost of the title – a bedsheet-clad lost soul who
returns home after his death to watch over his grieving wife played by a
pie-eating Rooney Mara.
The story extends beyond that though as Affleck’s ghost
watches his wife move on and new families move in and goes on a metaphysical
journey through the past, present and future.
Perhaps it’s a little too arty for most mainstream audiences
but for indie fans who like their movies as minimalist as Affleck’s ghost
costume but as poetic as, um, poetry it’s perfect.