The inmates and guards of a modern, clean and efficient maximum security wing are slowly and increasingly brutalised until they erupt in violence. Dark and macabre, and based in truth, the story is told in a traditional dramatic style combined with telephone interviews and narration.
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A beautiful, tragic, and painfully honest look at the nature of the American and Australian prison system. Effectively, "Ghosts..." presents the lack of inquiry by administrative powers, the manipulative and abusive ways of authority figures, and (violently) impressionable role of the criminal. Evidently, abuse and malcontent from either direction propagates itself. Overall, a stark and haunting film.
The fact that both the narration and the inmate highlighting in his book focus on the first part of the Nathaniel West quote 'All order is doomed' and ignore the follow-up 'yet the battle is worthwhile' kind of summarizes the mood of the film nicely.