15 Best Movies and Performances of 2017 Sundance Film Festival

From fringe-movement docs to a baker's dozen of Cate Blanchetts – these were the films and unforgettable turns that made our festival

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'A Ghost Story'

'A Ghost Story'

Reuniting the leads of his outlaw-on-the-run tale Ain't Them Bodies Saints, director David Lowery's shot-on-the-sly project introduces us to Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara's young couple in love – then kills off the former's character, films the latter eating a whole pie in real time and makes Affleck wander around their old house while wearing a sheet with two eyeholes. (Seriously.) And for his next trick, the filmmaker proceeds to murder the inner cynic in you and turn your laughter into tears as the whole thing becomes a moving, meditative look at the passage of time, memory, geography and our collective existential funk. Pretentious? Possibly. Profound? Most definitely. We've been thinking nonstop about this movie since we saw it a week ago. We'll probably still be thinking about by the time the next Sundance rolls around.

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