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As idiosyncratic as it is ambitious, Clara's Ghost can be as difficult to pin down as a spectral presence -- yet it also has a way of working itself under the skin.
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Over time... visual slackness proves to be a sinuous strength. It prevents the film from indicating its intentions, which would remove the mystery from the tense relationships it depicts.
A twisted, slippery little whisper of a thing that refuses to let itself be easily defined.
Throughout Clara's Ghost you can't help but think that you're watching a quaint home video that would appeal to the members of the subject family only.
Unfortunately, like most home movies, it's of precious little interest to non-relatives.
Writer-director Bridey Elliott's debut feature has more wit and ingenuity than is suggested by its familiar logline - and in fact this playful, intelligent film is a genuine original.
Clara's Ghost more often feels directionless and tedious.
Clara's Ghost skillfully holds the audience in its grip, and everyone realizes how everything has been more serious all along.
It's often said that going into business with family is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea, but Clara's Ghost provides an exception to this particular rule.
The fact that the narrative is played mostly for comedy only makes its core message - about the lure and danger of substance abuse - all the more powerful.
Based on the trailer for "Clara's Ghost," I figured I would either love it or hate it, and spoiler alert: I loved it. It is delightfully weird.
The family dynamics are funny and gently odd, and the film has the sort of quirky humor you'd expect from something with Chris Elliott's DNA in it.
Bridey Elliott has made a slippery psychological horror-comedy that begins with family and showbiz, then slides into an empathetic journey into female hysteria.
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