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Ghostlight

When a construction worker unexpectedly joins a local theater's production of Romeo and Juliet, the drama onstage starts to mirror his own life. (R, 115 min.)

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Friday, June 21, 2024

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Devastated by the loss of a child, middle-aged father Dan struggles to control his anger at work and grows distant from his grief-stricken family. When a stranger (Dolly De Leon, Triangle of Sadness) bullies him into joining a floundering community theater production of Romeo and Juliet, Dan slowly begins to reopen to life’s possibilities. With breakout performances from the real-life Kupferer family in the lead roles and a cathartic ending for the ages, this funny and bittersweet film celebrates the profound love at the heart of the deepest grief, and the pleasures of putting on a show. [IFC FIlms]

Starring: Keith Kupferer, Katherine Mallen Kupferer, Tara Mallen, Dolly De Leon, Hanna Dworkin
Director Kelly O'Sullivan, Alex Thompson
Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

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"Ghostlight is a profound work about a tough family made tougher by unimaginable grief."

— John Fink, The Film Stage

"Ghostlight bridges the gap between art and reality, blending a poignant narrative that aims to better understand a loved one and the expression of grief."

— Screen Rant, Mae Abdulbaki

"Though uneasy with acting, Kupferer's Dan finds comfort in the theater as the themes of the play help him connect to both his aspiring-actress daughter and the son he’s lost."

— Esther Zuckerman, GQ

"There’s an appealing naturalness to the project, probably owing to its tight-knit origins: O’Sullivan and Thompson are real-life partners directing a real-life family in their city, Chicago."

— Adrian Horton, Guardian

"A beautifully woven tale on the constructive ways that life and art reflect, propel, and imitate each other, offering human beings curious enough to welcome artistic pursuits into their lives a path forward."

— Tomris Laffly, Harper's Bazaar

"O’Sullivan and Thompson gently fold their story together, finding humor and heart at every turn . . . leading to the kind of ending that somehow inspired the film’s very first audience at Sundance to laugh and cry."

— Kate Erbland, IndieWire

"O’Sullivan has a natural storytelling gift, coupled with a knack for comedy. Here, she takes... grieving families, difficult teens, small-town communities — and rearranges them into a surprising and moving narrative."

— Peter Debruge, Variety

"Ghostlight is a comedy in a loose sense, a tragedy in another, and a redemption song in yet one more. More succinctly, it’s a Thompson film, meaning it gently, tenderly unpacks and embodies every single feeling its characters might have about their situation at hand."

— Andrew Crump, Paste Magazine