A Ghost Story
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.