A Ghost Story

Synopsis: In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.
Director(s): David Lowery
Production: Ideaman Studios
  11 wins & 17 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

A writer writes a novel.

A songwriter writes a song.

A symphonist writes a symphony...

which is maybe the best example

because all the best ones

were written for God.

So, tell me what happens if Beethoven's

writing his Ninth Symphony"

and suddenly he wakes up one day

and realizes that God doesn't exist.

So, suddenly all of these notes

and chords and harmonies.

That were intended to,

you know, supersede the flesh,

you realize, "Oh, that's just physics."

So Beethoven says,

"Shoot, God doesn't exist,

so I guess I'm writing this

for other people.

It's just nuts and bolts now."

He didn't have any children,

that I can recall,

- but if he did...

- He had a nephew.

- He had a what?

- A nephew, he had a nephew.

Okay. Great. So he-he writes it for him.

Or Immortal Beloved.


Or for whoever that was.

But let's leave love out of this

and let's wrap this all up

under the blanket

of someone thinking,

"This is something

that they'll remember me for."

And they did. And we do.

And sure enough,

we do what we can to endure.

We build our legacy piece by piece,

and maybe the whole world

will remember you,

or maybe just a couple of people,

but you do what you can to

make sure you're still around

after you're gone.

And so we're still reading this book,

we're still singing the song,

and kids remember their parents

and their grandparents

and everyone's got their family tree,

and Beethoven's got his symphony,

And we've got it too.

And everyone will

keep listening to it f...

for the foreseeable future.


that's where things start breaking down,

because your kids...

Do you have kids?

Wait, who here has kids?

You? Your kids are gonna die.

Yours too. Yours too.

Hey, just sayin'. They're all gonna die,

and their kids will die,

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