Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara play a couple living in a mid western house. The DIY musician in him wants to stay, the wanderlust in her wants to go. Fatefully agreeing to leave after a disturbed night’s sleep, his life and that of his spirit will never be the same.
‘A Ghost Story’ only fleetingly teases you with a few scares at the beginning as its slow pace switches to languorous drama. Seconds last minutes as writer / director David Lowery’s camera lingers on the remnants of Casey Affleck’s fateful decision.
...is more of a metaphysical drama than the nail-biter its title would suggest.
Tied to the house and what happens next, ‘A Ghost Story’ is more of a metaphysical drama than the nail-biter its title would suggest. Stretching both time (and patience) in some sequences is a study of lives lived through the eyes of a disconnected character. By turn inventive and imaginative, ‘A Ghost Story’ rewards your patience with second and third acts and a veiled ending which redeems its achingly slow start.
Both naturalistic and committed, Mara and Affleck’s performances are the attractive threads which sew this existential drama together. Eventually pulling itself back from a soporific start, ‘A Ghost Story’ is a film that that slowly reveals its inventiveness the longer you invite it in.