''I met her once... don't recall her being quite so ugly though. How did she have so many lovers?''
''She was the Queen, Your Majesty.''Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.Javier Bardem: Brother LorenzoNatalie Portman: Inés / AliciaStellan Skarsgård: GoyaAlthough Goya is the protagonist in this epic drama, his inner self is examined no deeper than the souls of his fellows. The plot of Ghosts is driven by flawed people, making the wrong moves, struggling to do the right thing but held back by their ignorance and lack of power to stand up against the State. It's an examination of Inquisition Spain, wars of liberation and political self-interest and as such is as timeless, with its modern echoes in Guantanamo, CCTV and the proposed extended UK police powers, as any psychological drama.Forman's first film in 7 years is an absorbing, powerful and stylish melodrama against a backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. The award-winning Czech director wisely called on Jean-Claude Carriere to co-write the script, given the latter's penchant for subjects linked to religious criticism and political upheaval.The true central role goes to Lorenzo, a kind of Everyman who begins as a Catholic monk, decides to sacrifice his 'dangerous' artist friend's muse, Inez, to the Inquisition to keep Goya at a safe distance, falls from grace and joins Napoleon's marauders, returning as a revolutionary.Inez is expendable, or as today's world leaders would put it, collateral. Goya's efforts to sort everything out only at best confuse them further, just as everyone else's colliding actions do, especially Inez' father's efforts to free her . That seems to be the underlying theme: life as a storm of accidents, masquerading as plans. The last we see of Everyman, he is in a scene which is far more nightmarish than even Ken Russell managed.A beauty of a piece Goya is a piece of Historic Period Art in film from Milos Forman.