Slow, dreamlike film tries to tackle complex, abstract themes
A Ghost Story is a slow burn with long dialogue-less sections, and most younger children probably wouldn't have the patience to sit through it. There are two overly long scenes that could have been cut or at least heavily edited down (one where Rooney Mara does nothing but eat a pie and one where a character we've never met before goes on a 5-minute philosophical rant). Besides that, this is a beautiful film both visually and thematically. The director is a genius with lighting, and considering this movie was made for $100,000, this is the best looking movie I've ever seen made for that kind of money. If you let the movie suck you in, it will leave you with a lot to think about. Whether the ghosts are in purgatory or just finishing unresolved business, it will connect with audiences on many emotional and spiritual levels. The worst thing in this movie in terms of inappropriate content is a decomposing skeleton, so if you can handle that, this movie should be fine.