Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.
A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Resonating with vibrant memories and silent echoes of a shared life, the old house is somehow connected to "C", a sensitive composer who is hesitant of leaving it, while his loving wife "M", on the other hand, is keen on moving out, having an indecipherable but grim premonition of danger. Sadly, disaster soon strikes, and C's untethered spectre which detaches from the lifeless body, rises from the mortician's table, and in a swift decision, decides to linger in this dimension to faithfully follow the grieving M back to the old house. As silent as a shadow and as invisible as the air, C's unappeasable phantom observes M's denial and depression gradually turn to acceptance and even hope, as time unravels, moving forward through the decades. In this earth, man struggles to leave his legacy behind. Is this the way to immortality?Written by
This Sundance Film Festival hit tells the story of a couple, played by Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. After Affleck's character is killed in a car accident, his ghost comes to life (portrayed as simply a white sheet.) The film uses its seemingly simple plot to be a thoughtful meditation on time and our lives. While the film is slowly paced and there is no doubt that mainstream audiences would likely be bored, those with the patience to watch and absorb the unique details and themes presented in this film will be greatly rewarded. The film's simplicity is one of its strongest assets as well. Even a simple scene of Rooney Mara's character eating pie for several minutes turns out to be an emotional powerhouse that is incredibly effective at creating a sense of empathy in the audience. A unique score also creates feelings of both sorrow and, occasionally, tension among the audience as well. It ends up contributing to the meditative feeling of the film, which may remind viewers of some of Terrence Malick's more recent films (in a very, very good way.)
My only real criticism of the film was that it could have done a better job making the audience feel more for the ghost character. Additionally, while I liked the score overall, there were a few moments where it felt a little out of place. But other than that, this is a truly original piece of film that shows that in the world of independent filmmaking, sometimes 'less is more.' While I like a good blockbuster as much as anyone, it really--and undeniably--is great to see such an interesting movie that did not need a big budget to make. Definitely recommended. 8/10
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