What a warmhearted, generous film. In 90 minutes creates a well-realized world with believable characters and a window into a walk of life that we walk by but never see. One of the best of the year.
Didn’t work for me. After a while I "got" the use of a Halloween ghost cosutme, and there is poignancy in the depiction of ghosts of loved ones that remain with us but are frustrated at their limited ability to communicate or leave a physical space. But the film is self-consciously arty, the ideas seemed half-baked, the music demands how you should feel, and the monologue scene for me was just awful. And don't believe the hype -- Mara does NOT eat a WHOLE pie; there was tons of crust left.
I guess Morrison calls his production company Hypnotic for a reason; it is the perfect adjective for this part documentary, part avant garde collage of clips taken from nitrate films recovered from the permafrost in Dawson City, Canada. Some clips are said to be water damaged, but others appear to have been intentionally altered with superimposed images. Except at the beginning and end, the soundtrack is wordless, filled with ambient music placing the viewer in a meditative state. Informative, mesmerizing, lovely, and inspiring.