A Ghost Story

The Week Middle East - - Arts -

Dir: David Low­ery 1hr 32mins (12A) Touch­ing med­i­ta­tion on love and loss

A Ghost Story is “un­like any­thing else you’ll see this year”, said Phil de Sem­lyen in Em­pire. Casey Af­fleck and Rooney Mara play a cou­ple liv­ing in a lit­tle house some­where in Texas, un­til one day Af­fleck is killed in a car crash. The dead man then rises from the morgue, with the sheet that cov­ered him draped over his head, and pro­ceeds to wan­der around his for­mer home, look­ing out through large cut-out holes. There he watches Mara’s char­ac­ter (who can’t see him) as she en­dures the stages of grief, un­til – most dev­as­tat­ing of all – he is forced to re­main when she leaves. There is a “fine line be­tween pro­fun­dity and pre­ten­tious­ness”, said Adrian Thrills in the Daily Mail, and the film “doesn’t al­ways stay on the right side”. There’s one scene last­ing many min­utes, for in­stance, where we sim­ply watch Mara binge-eat­ing a whole pie. Yet grad­u­ally the oblique sto­ry­telling “works its spell”, said Ge­of­frey Mac­nab in The In­de­pen­dent. Once you ac­cli­ma­tise to it, A Ghost Story is a “be­guil­ing” med­i­ta­tion on love, loss and let­ting go.

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