CCFF: A Ghost Story closes out festival

A GHOST STORY. Photo by Bret Curry, courtesy of A24

David Lowery’s A Ghost Story closed out the Chicago Critics Film Festival with a nearly sold out crowd.

Reuniting his Ain’t Them Bodies Saints co-stars, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, writer-director Lowery returned to Sundance this year with a film that could only be made as such.  A story of this nature could not be done in any other medium, be it print or visual.

Affleck stars as a white-sheeted ghost who returns to his home with hope of consoling his wife.  Unfortunately for him, she can’t see him and there’s nothing he can really do but just watch as life slips away in front of him.  More people move in, the house gets destroyed, a huge complex is built, and he’s still there just journeying through time.  I still don’t understand how the ghost manages to go back in time but it happens and eventually, he finds what he’s looking for and moves on.

It’s truly an unforgettable meditation if you want to put it that way.

The Chicago audience was the first to see it since playing Sundance.  A24 will open A Ghost Story in NY/LA on July 7th.  It will open in Chicago on July 14th.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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