A single mom and sometimes paranormal investigator is enlisted by the town’s priest to put help a local widower’s. The widower portrayed by, Jim Gaffigan (Being Frank, Chappaquiddick) fears that he is being haunted by the ghost of his deceased wife.
Sheila, portrayed by Marin Ireland (Hell or High Water, Sneaky Pete) agrees to investigate the possible haunting for Father Martin portrayed by David Cale (The Slaughter Rule, The Two Lovers).
Jim Gaffigan’s performance is a unique stretch from his typical roles who has convinced his dead wife still inhabits the house.
The film tells the dramatic tale with a manner of a slow burn, like David Lowery’s A Ghost Story, or Ti West’s The Innkeepers.
These artistic choices made by director Paul Harrill, who also penned the script, provide a more realistic telling of a supernatural event. So many films of the suspense genre are relegated to the typical Hollywood jump to scare. It is nice to see a meandering tale that will allow these characters to develop in a manner that brings the audience to an understanding of the choices that the characters make when presented with the supernatural items of the story.
Cinematographer, Greta Zozula, provides a beautiful view of the countryside with a colorful yet near Ansel Adams-esque view that lends well to the eerie story and adds to the sauntering film.
Though the slow manner of this story may be lost on many of today’s superhero film viewers, this is a great example of the full range of what cinema should provide.
This film is great viewing for a true fan of suspense in what is sure to be a lost art form if the industry continues to grow in the current direction.
European audiences would adore this film, so if you have the patience to enjoy this story then consider yourself truly cosmopolitan.