See My Ghost Passing Away
Between dreams and nightmares, Lilith sees the ghost of her lost love.
See My Ghost Passing Away is an eerily emotional trip that takes you through feelings of loss, attachment, identity and choice all in the space of 12miniutes and with minimal dialogue.
Directed and written by Yann Pichoit, and starring only Lilith Grasmug and Lisha Pu, See My Ghost Passing Away creates a nostalgic atmosphere with the use of a vintage VHS filter that is used throughout the film. This VHS effect surprisingly immerses you into an unsettling alternate space, almost as you’re watching a home-made movie that was not intended for you to see. The feeling of watching something intimate and forbidden flowed throughout the film, especially in the few lines of dialogue between Lilith and Lisha, in which you forget that they are just two schoolgirls in love.
Accompanying the VHS filter were sometimes subtle, but often very obvious uses of lighting and shade to portray the inner thoughts and fragile feelings of the two main characters. Just like their confused desires, the lighting turned like the flick of a switch to portray something much deeper and darker. I particularly liked the scene where Lilith declared that she wished she were a sailboat and the sudden, unexpected lighting change to mimic that of being suffocated by darkness underwater, which slowed eased into a clearer light blue tone that remained for the rest of the movie.
Overall, the clever manipulation of colour, texture and light made See My Ghost Passing Away a nostalgic and intimate watch. It surprised me how quickly I became attached to the characters but I was left wanting more from this story – to see how their relationship figures itself out as they grow into adulthood, and to feel some kind of relief from the tension built up. But, ultimately, I think this need to understand is what keeps drawing me back to watch See My Ghost Passing Away again and again.
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Georgia has been a LesFlicks volunteer since December 2020. She is currently a paralegal at a learning and development company, with an view to specialising in film & TV law in the future. She has a particular interest in film theory, and wrote her undergraduate dissertation on how Disney reinforces their heteronormative agenda by coding Disney villains as as queer. Her favourite films are The VVitch and anything Studio Ghibli!