“A Ghost Story” (A24)
By Catholic News Service
Casey Affleck’s recently deceased, silently querulous and shrouded spirit, looking like one of Charlie Brown’s trick-or-treaters with cut-out eyeholes, returns to stare at, though not haunt, his widow (Rooney Mara). Eventually, he needs to fulfill a task in order to set things right with someone or something and thus be released from his earthly bonds.
Writer-director David Lowery hasn’t attempted a story about religion specifically or spirituality generally. Rather, he has made a reflection on loss. Visually fascinating, this falls a little short on the entertainment scale, but it demands thoughtful interpretation by discerning adults.
Brief gore, fleeting rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.