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A Ghost Story: An unforgettable masterpiece

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If you’ve found yourself in the London Underground any time recently – no doubt crushed against three other people in a carriage that smells of sweat and makes you wish you hadn’t left your cattle prod at home – you may have noticed the distinctive posters for A Ghost Story pasted on the station walls, and the effusive praise that decorates the space around the image of its central character.

One of them reads ‘almost a masterpiece’ and last night, as the lights came up in the screening room of the BFI Southbank, my immediate thought was that whoever wrote those words had not gone far enough.

A Ghost Story is, put simply, one of the best films I’ve seen for a long time. This isn’t the post-film afterglow talking: David Lowery’s inventive film is a deeply affecting and unforgettable exploration of life, of love, and of grief, driven by a quite brilliant performance by Casey Affleck.

The film begins with a quotation from the opening line of Virginia Woolf’s A Haunted House: ‘Whatever hour you woke there was a door shutting.’




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Keel M.

Looks like an interesting departure from the norm.

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