This supernatural mood piece unfolds from the perspective of a dead musician (Casey Affleck, who spends most of the picture under a sheet) haunting the east Texas home he once shared with his wife (Rooney Mara). For the first half of the film, writer-director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) patiently considers the mundanity of being a ghost, Affleck looking on impotently as Mara engages in household chores and other banal activities. (In one dramatic highlight she spends several minutes silently eating a pie.) In the second half, Lowery speeds up the pace and introduces a few curveballs involving time travel and multiple realities, as well as a memorable shaggy-dog monologue from Will Oldham. The unconventional narrative structure seems more beguiling the more you think about it—this is a film designed to expand in your memory.
A Ghost Story
R • 1 hour 32 min • 2017