David Lowery's A Ghost Story

June 12, 2017

I had the good fortune to check out David Lowery's A Ghost Story at the Oak Cliff Film Festival this year.  It was an emotional odyssey, and something to be seen on as large a screen as possible.  The square aspect ratio made me consider the form of Polaroid photography.  At the screening, I got to see many friends I haven't seen in a few months, and catch up.  The Dallas film community is filled with some lively characters.  Funny enough, even in a party atmosphere, I had some great conversations.  Everyone feels more accessible in that setting than one might expect.  It's very close knit here, and the same person that shoots a daytime TV commercial can also be seen shooting a film that plays Sundance.  All barriers between those worlds are very low walls.  It's always a pleasure to speak with people that understand the visual languages inherent in each medium, and speak them all fluently.  

 

As for A Ghost Story, I continue to contemplate the metaphor of the ghost.  I'm not so sure the ghost is the dead Casey Affleck character, so much as an unfulfilled psychic emotional trace.  The feelings I was connecting with the ghost had less to do with death, and more like divorce and yet coexisting with the former spouse, or being at a party in which you know no one.  Those times in life when one is haunting but not present.  I kind of wish this song was in there, though it totally doesn't fit:

 

 

 

 

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