in about 100 words or less
France, Germany, UK 128m, Colour
Director: Roman Polanski; Cast: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Bronson, Olivia Williams and Kim Cattrall.
The Ghost Writer is a clever weaving of recent political history and fictional events which are intended to account for the close political relations between the previous governments of the United States and Great Britain. The underlying plot, which links the former British Prime Minister to the CIA, thrusts a well-paid, but reluctant ghost writer, played by Ewan McGregor, into an investigation which resulted in the death of his predecessor. Although the truth is eventually revealed to both the ghost writer and to the audience, the film’s unexpected and amusing conclusion remains fittingly ambiguous. Supported by a brilliant score, The Ghost Writer has a Hitchcock feel which is entertaining from start to finish (Klaus Ming September 2010).