Thanks to Madman Films, we had the chance to see ‘A Ghost Story’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
‘A Ghost Story’ is an indie drama film starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. The film centres around a happy couple whose lives are turned upside down when Casey Affleck’s character C dies in a car accident. C comes back as a ghost (wearing a white sheet) who observes his girlfriend M (Rooney Mara) as she struggles to overcome her grief as she tries to move on with her life.
Despite the unusual premise, the film isn’t a comedy and doesn’t aim for the viewer to take the story literarily. The film is an absurdist take on the passage of time and the impact of grief and loss. The audience takes on the perspective of the ghost, observing all the characters and watching the progression of time.
The film explores the life of a restless spirit, and the struggles it faces with not being able to connect to the living. The audience has to piece the story together. This leaves the film open to varied interpretations of the white sheeted ghost represents.
‘A Ghost Story’ does not take itself too seriously. It has some light moments of comedy which is a relief from the tragic subject matter. The film plays with the stereotyped symbol of a ghost as it is a symbol people automatically recognise.
The cinematographer films the couple in a way that makes the audience feel intrusive. Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara are fantastic, their brief moments together onscreen are loving and intimate. This creates a stronger emotional effect when Affleck’s character dies.
‘A Ghost Story’ is highly engaging and plays with the universal ideas of time, love and loss in a way that is original and fresh. This film is well worth a watch! Hopefully the mass audience can see beyond the literal figure of a “ghost in a white sheet” and understand the existential themes the film explores.
A Ghost Story – In Cinemas July 27