This is the much used genre of the true life story of one man’s redemption but in Gus van Sant’s film, it’s well told in a brisk and original style and flavoured with ironic humour.
To tell the story of Christ from the point of view of the only female member of the team sounds like an exciting and potentially illuminating idea. It could even have turned out to be as controversial as Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ”.
This is adapted from David Harrower’s successful two person play, which was first seen at the Edinburgh Festival 12 years ago, then went to the West End stage, followed by productions all over the world.
C (Affleck) and M (Mara) live together in a small suburban bungalow in Texas. After C dies in a car crash outside their home, he comes back to the bungalow as a ghost, a silent witness to M’s grieving process. When she moves out, the ghost finds itself anchored to the home, its disintegrating memories and experiences with the new tenants slowly giving way to something more cosmic.
This is an engrossing true life story based on the autobiographical book by its protagonist, Saroo Brierley.