Do it simple, Do it Right. And with A Ghost Story, in which a recently deceased soul comes back to haunt the house he shared as one of the Living, it is exactly what writer-director David Lowery does, while re-uniting again with the Rooney Mara & Casey Affleck duet (after 2013’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints).
Lowery took the gamble to introduce a ghost character simply dressed with the white cloth of our childhood, from these days when we looked under the bed and in the closet. And it works because we relate.
The rest is all about doing the right things at the right time and we already knew the director had an aura for crafting chilling ambiance. But A Ghost Story is no horror film. With its long shots (in the 1.33 : 1 aspect ratio like your good old TV sets), suave editing (by the director himself) and polished shadows, created by cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo, sustained by elegant music, of long time collaborator Daniel Hart, it is a poetic and intimate metaphor on the passage of time and solitude.
A beautiful film.
Fantasia screening: Friday July 14, 7h15 PM , Théâtre Hall, Concordia (The director will attend).