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Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife, only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away.
If you're the sort of person who easily pauses a movie and never comes back to it, this one is a challenge.
The infamous pie scene IS pretentiously long, but if you stop watching within the first half hour you'll just have wasted your time. If you stick with it, it builds and builds and goes to unexpected places, and those first slow thirty minutes become an important piece of the whole.
The whole 'ghost as a guy under a sheet' gimmick quickly becomes crucial to the pathos because the ghost is human and feeling, but simultaneously alien and in many ways frightening. Not jump scare frighting, but "what if life is meaningless" frightening.
It's the sort of film that sticks in your head and you end up thinking about over and over again. It's an enriching experience and I'd really recommend it. It's art house as fuck, but then it knocks down the art house and rebuilds it again in a really cool way.
gave me the best chills.
Every love story is a ghost story.
We're used to ghost stories being about ghosts who haunt the living, but in A Ghost Story, it's the living who haunt the ghost. That's because it's all from the ghost's point of view. One perfect shot after another, the film tends towards the still life, but one has to understand the obsessiveness of a soul that has refused to move on. We linger on moments of import to the spirit for almost unbearable lengths of time, while time may move in montage when its motive is absent. It's a love story that transcends eternity, a sad one, describing love as a haunting (because it is, even in life). It's about grief for things lost. It's also about closure, and the fear we won't be remembered, or won't have time to finish what we set out to do in this life, get all the answers we seek, and so on. Let's just say there's a lot to unpack in this quiet, artful movie, and leave it at that before I ruin any surprises by saying more.
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