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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... C
... M
... Little Boy
... Doctor
... Man in Wheelchair
... Linda (as Liz Cardenas Franke)
... Gentleman Caller
... Mover
Dagger Salazar ... Mover
Sonia Acevedo ... Maria
Carlos Bermudez ... Carlos
Yasmina Gutierrez ... Yasmina
Kimberly Fiddes ... Making Out
Daniel Escudero ... Making Out
... Spirit Girl (as Kesha Sebert)
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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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It's all about time.

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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

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27 July 2017 (Australia)  »

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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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1.33 : 1
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Several variations of pies were baked and tested in preparation for the pie eating scene. Rooney Mara, a self-confessed picky eater, opted for a reduced sugar, gluten-free and vegan chocolate pie. Director David Lowery said it was delicious. See more »

Goofs

At one point the ghost turns and you can clearly see the actor through the sheet, wearing a yellow T-shirt. See more »

Quotes

Ghost 2: Hello.
Ghost 1: Hi.
Ghost 2: I'm waiting for someone.
Ghost 1: Who?
Ghost 2: I don't remember.
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Written by Kesha (as Kesha Sebert), Toby Halbrooks and Andrew Tinker
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14 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

A young man dies and returns as a ghost to silently observe and occupy the home he once lived in. Time passes, his widow moves out, but the ghost waits. Very early in this film you notice how stunning the cinematography is, a sure sign that the story is lacking in depth. There are hints of Terence Malick's 'The Tree of Life' here, and some of The Time Machine's ideas on the non-linearity of time. But the film offers nothing substantial or insightful. Long takes force us to engage for uncomfortably extended periods with one frame, but there is nothing especially thought-provoking or insightful on offer. A woman gorging herself on pie is an especially egregious example, a scene that was the trigger for the series of walk-outs that took place at the art-house cinema in Scotland where I watched this. A party bore offers up a vacuous speech on the fragility and indeterminacy of existence that a literature undergrad would blush at, never mind a middle-aged man. The main content of conversation post-viewing was whether this scene or the pie-eating was more tedious. A ghost that can walk through walls spends literally an eternity trying to fish a piece of paper out of a wall. The film has one of those ambiguous endings that is the calling card kop-out of the art-house poseur filmmaker. It is beautifully filmed, exquisitely so, but it is scant compensation for the trite storytelling.


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