Words by Tony Polese
Acclaimed Director, David Lowery returns with a film thagt explores legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection.
The films commences with a couple in their home hearing strange noises. A tragic accident occurs and the ghost is born and returns to his former home.
The film then shows the struggle that the partner goes through over her loss, with the ghost watching over the love of his life. In trying to deal with the pain, she leaves the house to move elsewhere to start a new life.
A new family move into this house where the ghost still hovers. In an angry rage, the ghost causes carnage and the Mexican family quickly move out. A group of friends move in but soon leave too.
The house resembles a disaster zone and is bulldozed.
The film moves to the future and then the past causing confusion as to the direction of this film.
The ending goes back to the start where a certain something (without giving specifics away) becomes the major piece in the puzzle.
In summarising this film, we found the film to be a little show at the start with very long pauses for some scenes (for example a five minute eating scene by Rooney Mara). A female ghost is introduced but its never clear what her role is.
This film left me with many questions rather then answers. But perhaps the unique experience of lingering thoughts long after the credits roll is meant to stir this feeling after seeing Ghost Story.