A Ghost Story

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A Ghost Story deftly manages its ambitious themes through an inventive, artful, and ultimately poignant exploration of love and loss.



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With A GHOST STORY, acclaimed director David Lowery (AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS, PETE'S DRAGON) returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life's ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A GHOST STORY emerges ecstatic and surreal - a wholly unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.


Will Oldham
as Prognosticator
Rob Zabrecky
as Pioneer Man
Grover Coulson
as Man In Wheelchair
Barlow Jacobs
as Gentleman Caller
Kimberly Fiddes
as Making Out
Daniel Escudero
as Making Out
Kesha Sebert
as Spirit Girl
Jared Kopf
as Magician
Afomia Hailemeskel
as Just Wants To Dance
Augustine Frizzell
as Clara's Wife Who Is Writing A Book
Jonny Mars
as Oversharing Man
Rachel Ballard
as Patient Woman
Rachal Ballard
as Patient Woman
Bryan Pitts
as Chairman
Margot Tomerlin
as Pioneer Children
Sara Tomerlin
as Pioneer Woman
Sylvie Tomerlin
as Pioneer Children
Savanna Walsh
as Pioneer Children
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  • Apr 26, 2018
    Thought-provocative and emotionally evocative, A Ghost Story is an existential and atmospheric drama. When a young man is killed in a car accident he becomes a ghost, trapped in his house, forced to watch as his wife deals with her grief, moves on, and new people come and go. Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara lead the cast, but they don't really give performances as such since the film is mostly dialog free. Using visual storytelling, the film explores such themes as the nature of existence, solitude, and reflection. And director David Lowery employs a unique aesthetic, choosing a rounded full frame aspect radio and a muted color palette. Yet it's extremely slow paced, and often gets caught up in the mundane. A Ghost Story presents an interesting vision, but the artistry can get a little too abstract.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2018
    A slow, depressing meditation on loss and legacy. If you can get through the snail-slow pace of the film (Mara Rooney eats a whole pie on the floor in a static shot without a single cut), it eventually pays off, but it will try your patience. Unless you are into artsy movies, avoid at all costs. Interesting characters would have helped.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2018
    If a movie is boring on purpose, is it still boring? Well, as it turns out: Yes. But props for trying something different.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2017
    Profoundly melancholy and devastatingly sad, A Ghost Story is a beautiful film about memory, loneliness and longing for something you lost forever. Full review on filmotrope. com
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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