The film stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck as a couple who are prematurely torn apart by a fatal car accident. Affleck is the victim, however he comes back as a ghost, wears a white sheet throughout and comes back to the house. The use of the white sheet is one of the films unique qualities. When you are younger and want to dress up as a ghost, what do you do? You wear a white sheet. It’s seen as more comical than truly terrifying. However there is something quite creepy about Casey Affleck’s ghost wondering the house whilst his partner tries to move on with her life. The film is very sombre and it takes his costume seriously and is all the more effective for it.
By the end of the film and after there were a few reveals I did end up enjoying it. It is a film that makes you think and stays with you for days afterward. It its thoughtful and a brave film to be as glacial as it is. The film does look beautiful and there are some striking images, most of them involving the ghostly character. It also provides the audience with another theory about life after death which isn’t all together comforting. The whole story is really kind of tragic, as ‘C’s life is cut short before he can achieve his ambitions. Like other great slow paced films, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner etc I am sure the film will benefit with repeat viewings. A Ghost Story is a great alternative to the supernatural genre.