Parents' Guide to

A Ghost Story

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Moving, poetic meditation on life, death, love, place.

Movie R 2017 92 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 15+

This film is more an experience than a linear project

A sloooooow film that takes place mostly in silence. It takes it's sweet time telling it's story but that is because it's primary goal is the manipulation of time. How do you present eternity in a linear film? How do you represent an infinity loop? The film animates a sheet in a spooky , beautiful, and ethereal way. it also displays loneliness through it's manipulations with time. It is slow but it doesn't let you go.
age 10+

Poeticly good

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This very special movie casts a fine, delicate spell; many may resist it, but those who go along with it may find themselves profoundly moved, transported to a soul-stirring, poetically cosmic place. In A Ghost Story, writer/director David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Pete's Dragon) has created a deceptively small movie, confined in space (it uses the squarish, 1-to-1.33 screen aspect ratio), with very little dialogue and simple, spare effects. (The ghost is very deliberately nothing more than a guy in a sheet.)

But this simplicity is used to conjure mighty emotional reactions. Long, slow, still shots allow viewers to reflect on grief, death, life, love, and other things, while more startling transitions -- such as breathtaking leaps through time -- arouse larger, more existential questions. The haunting sound design and music are always note-perfect, and rarely, if ever, break the mood. A Ghost Story is everything from a heartbreakingly simple love story to a rumination on the meaning of place in our lives to a pondering of life itself.

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