Endearingly experimental & hauntingly beautiful, David Lowery’s latest is all kinds of eccentric.
“A writer writes a novel, a songwriter writes a song, we do what we can to endure?”
A deep dive into existentialism that begins with nothing more than a man wearing a sheet with two eye holes. A Ghost Story is a film about loss, legacy and letting go. This is all kinds of art house – but never to the point of being self-indulgent? It’s a film birthed out of its director’s passion for filmmaking, shot in the weeks after he wrapped post-production on a much larger feature, and completed amongst friends. It’s an intimate glimpse into a relationship with flaws. A seemingly small scale tale with huge symbolic significance.
And it’s endearingly experimental. David Lowery’s given himself the freedom to explore any avenue he wishes – whether it’s playing with the innately humorous visual motif of bedsheet ghosts, questioning our place in the vast expanse of time or quietly observing Rooney Mara devouring a pie. From an artistic standpoint, it’s utterly gorgeous. Lowery often complements his hauntingly beautiful imagery with near-deafening silence to cloak his picture in a (ha!) ghostly ambience. I’d argue he goes a little overboard with the long-takes, but they certainly do their job in amplifying the melancholy mood. Perhaps even less accessible than the kooky concept suggests, this’ll appeal to a specific audience. At the very least you’ll chuckle at the fact it was produced by a company called ‘Scared Sheetless’.
Probably should’ve prefaced this with the fact that half of you *might* end up hating this movie…