Why watch this film?
How can we talk about the cycle of time, death, and the end of life in films? It's an abstract subject, with different interpretations that challenge filmmakers to bring this conversation to the big screen. For example, 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' used a fantastic realism to make the audience think about old age, death, and birth. Filmmaker Terrence Malick used an abstract tone in the powerful 'The Tree of Life.' And in 'A Ghost Story', director David Lowery (‘Ain't Them Body Saints’) uses the traditional image of a ghost -- with a sheet over their body and two holes over their eyes -- to talk about these complicated, sad, and deep subjects. And the result couldn’t have been better. With a pulsing melancholy, the film portrays this cycle of life through the viewpoint of the dead, the living, and even those that have nothing to do with it. A monologue, done right in the middle of the film by a character who only appears once, summarizes with an impressive assertiveness what life is. Beautiful, sad, powerful. It isn’t unfair to consider ‘A Ghost Story’ one of the best films of 2018.