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A Ghost Story (2017)

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In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.

Director:

David Lowery

Writer:

David Lowery
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Filmmaker David Lowery talks to IMDb about the films that inspired A Ghost Story and delivers an exclusive commentary on the trailer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Casey Affleck ... C
Rooney Mara ... M
McColm Cephas Jr. ... Little Boy
Kenneisha Thompson ... Doctor
Grover Coulson ... Man in Wheelchair
Liz Cardenas ... Linda (as Liz Cardenas Franke)
Barlow Jacobs ... Gentleman Caller
Richard Krause ... Mover
Dagger Salazar Dagger Salazar ... Mover
Sonia Acevedo Sonia Acevedo ... Maria
Carlos Bermudez Carlos Bermudez ... Carlos
Yasmina Gutierrez Yasmina Gutierrez ... Yasmina
Kimberly Fiddes Kimberly Fiddes ... Making Out
Daniel Escudero Daniel Escudero ... Making Out
Kesha ... Spirit Girl (as Kesha Sebert)
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Storyline

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 Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

It's all about time.

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language and a disturbing image | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 July 2017 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ghost Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Irving, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$104,030, 7 July 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,596,371, 28 September 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Casey Affleck has worked with director David Lowery in Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), A Ghost Story (2017), and The Old Man & the Gun (2018). See more »

Goofs

At 39:04, M is in her bedroom with the Ghost standing in the doorway. As she leaves, she clearly swerves to avoid him. See more »

Quotes

M: When I was little and we used to move all the time, I'd write these notes and I would fold them up really small. And I would hide them.
C: What'd they say?
M: They're just things I wanted to remember so that if I ever wanted to go back, there'd be a piece of me there waiting.
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Connections

Featured in To Be Continued (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Last One
Written by Kesha (as Kesha Sebert), Toby Halbrooks and Andrew Tinker
Performed by Stereo Jane
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Uniquely Thoughtful, Experimental Cinema
11 July 2017 | by bastille-852-731547See all my reviews

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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