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From A Ghost Story, photo courtesy A24
From A Ghost Story, photo courtesy A24

This flick is indeed haunting, but not in the way that you might expect. While it does feature a real ghost—Oscar-winner Casey Affleck draped in a sad sheet—this quiet, poetic film steers clear of jump scenes and instead gives us a powerful, poignant rumination on loss, grief and, especially, time.

“We as human beings are just a small element in the overarching sweep of narrative history,” Lowery told me in an interview for Watching God. “That really had a profound effect on me, that realization. We spend most of our days living in very limited spaces, but those spaces are not defined by us, [and that’s] a really hard one to wrap one’s head around.”

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