A Ghost Story
Another indie auteur back in the mix this year is David Lowery, who bowed his “A Ghost Story” at Sundance to major acclaim, and will next screen it at BAM as a Spotlight screening before a summer release from A24. At Sundance, we hailed it as Lowery’s best film to date, with a review that noted that “the appeal of ‘A Ghost Story’ is all the more impressive in the wake of ‘Pete’s Dragon,’ a movie Lowery made on an unfathomably larger scale and designed for mainstream appeal.
But even as ‘A Ghost Story’ exists in a niche, it’s not preaching to the converted; Lowery manages to find entertainment value and genuine intrigue from his outlandish scenario, synthesizing the magical realism of his earlier films with a tighter grasp of tone.
With ‘St. Nick’ and ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,’ Lowery showed plenty of craftsmanship but leaned too heavily on the Terrence Malick playbook, reveling in gorgeous landscapes and whispery dialogue at the expense of innovation. ‘A Ghost Story’ allows Lowery to build on those dreamy tropes with a voice of his own. The result is a soul-searching drama in which powerful revelations emerge less from a satisfying destination than from the beautiful struggle involved in getting there.” We also spoke to Lowery about the deeply personal nature of the film, and you can also read our review here.