Faithspotting “A Ghost Story”

Kenny and Mike discuss the film and faith elements spotted in David Lowery’s A Ghost Story, which stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.

Both Mike and Kenny enjoyed A Ghost Story and found it to be an organic film that did not resort to artificial devices or technology to capture interest and inspire reflection after viewing. The film is highly recommended for those who enjoy, and savor films that work to generate interest through strong story and character development. Listen to the A Ghost Story episode here or on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Faith Matters Spotted:

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Fear to move forward: Excessive nostalgia, clinging to objects, places, and times in life is rooted in the fear of losing the familiar rather than having faith in the future. The Ghost’s halting before a portal to an afterlife is emblematic of the Israelites halting in taking over the land God promised. God forced the Israelites to wander in the wilderness because of their lack of faith in God’s faithfulness to protect and provide for the nation. The result of the Ghost halting and seeking to cling to his present life was to remain in the present observing rather than living life.    (Numbers 32)

Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara

Seeing and Experiencing God Through a Veil: In our lives we experience God, our relationship with God and living in the Kingdom of God through a veil or dimmed mirror. Through the resurrection we are able then to see and experience God and God’s Kingdom without the distortion of our worldly brokenness. By hesitating to move forward to his afterlife, the Ghost was left to witness life through the veil of his death sheet rather than living and experiencing God and life in God’s Kingdom directly and fully. (I Corinthians 13:12, II Corinthians 3:13-16)

The Timeless Nature of God: Though remaining in his current life, the Ghost moves forward and backward through time, through the history of the home’s location. God as Alpha and Omega, beginning and end, God is timeless. Time, as known in worldly ways do not limit God as it does creation. (Genesis 1:1-5, John 1:1-3, Hebrews 13:8, Revelation 1:8, 21:6, 22:13)

Director David Lowery, Casey Affleck


About revkennydickson

I am a United Methodist minister and my professional passion is connecting issues of life and faith to film and other artforms. I am also interested in autism awareness and ministry and special needs. I am married to Michelle and have two children.
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