[WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAIN WITH SPOILER OF A GHOST STORY MOVIE]
picture: Hollywood Reporter
The ending of an absurd-supernatural-fiction movie, A Ghost Story, definitely would leave some of questions for the audience since it’s pretty loopy and unsettling. Here’s some explanation about the ending of the movie.
Two same ghost in one frame
Writer and the director David Lowery, the last scene was spontaneous. Though Lowery wrote the time loop into the first draft, he didn’t initially anticipate the unsettling shot with the two ghosts.
“We had done three takes of that shot, and then I thought, ‘When we shot this earlier for the first version, the ghost was standing at the window, so shouldn’t he be there? And if he could see the ghost next door, couldn’t he also see himself?’ I didn’t want to get too bogged down in rules, but it seemed like a nice visual reference to what’s happening. When we saw it on camera that day, we thought it really brought the movie home in a significant fashion.”
In some point, it’s actually seems meaningful and match with the based theory of what would ghost see in his spectral dimension. From the beginning, he witness how the times and life passed by in front of him like a ‘movie projection’. On the last scene, the ghost can see his past, it’s his past event projection of his earlier time after his death, the time loop, and he need to escape himself from that loop.
What was in the note?
In the beginning of movie, M was talking about her childhood ritual when she moved.
“When I was little and we used to move all the time, I’d write these notes, and I would fold them up really small and I would hide them in different places, so that if I ever wanted to go back, there’d be a piece of me there waiting. They were just like, old rhymes and poems. Things I wanted to remember about living in that house or what I liked about it”
First of all, It doesn’t matter what’s written in the M’s note. Some of mediocre audiences might end up craving so hard for revelation, what’s written in that note. But it’s not necessary to reveal what was M writing in that note, it might give some complicated feeling to the audience or seems so cliché, like another romance story, because more or less the audience might think about something romantic. The important point that audience only need to know is that finally the ghost can see what’s written in that note, he relived, and then free from the loop. The note is a piece of his wife, and he loves his wife, It’s a strong feeling that he still can’t let go and trapped him in that house. It could be something meaningful for both of them but not for the audiences, so there’s no point to showing it.
David Lowery said it so too.“Nothing written there would mean anything to the audience at that point, and it would just complicate that moment — you’d see something, process it, and then wonder what it means.” And he also joking around with his crew that it could be something goofy like ‘boo’.
But for you who might still craving for some explanation; take a look again to what was M said, ‘They were just like, old rhymes and poems’. C once composed a song for M, she was listening to that song once again before moved out from the house. The note might contain with some of lyrics from that song.