Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara
Director: David Lowery
C (Affleck) and M (Mara) are a young couple. When C dies unexpectedly he returns to the house as a ghost in a white sheet and watches his wife grieve and move on, while he remains and tries to figure out the afterlife.
It’s an odd premise for a film, a ghost being a man in a white sheet. But everything about this film is a little unconventional. It’s largely a quiet film, there’s not a lot of dialogue, as the ghost can’t talk, and there’s moments like a long, long scene where M eats an entire pie out of grief and then throws up. It’s a film where the ghost at first watches over his partner’s grief, but then he is left behind in this house. He haunts it as it’s occupants change, and at one point he even goes back in time through his attachment to the place.
For a film about grief and love, loss and change, and I love the quiet way this film explores those things, with it’s small moments of surprise and humour, as well as it’s gentle focus on long takes and small things. It’s a film that’s more beautiful than it is sad, though it has it’s sadness too. I think it’s a film that you’ll either love and feel moved by, or find to be too different and elusive, but I liked that it breaks the mould a little, and stands out from other dramas and stories of the afterlife.
It also does a lot with an emotional performance by an actor wearing a sheet.
See It If: you’ve ever wondered about ghosts or lost someone. This is a film that explores emotional themes in novel way, and is quite beautiful to watch.