Sam’s review published on Letterboxd:
Going into this film I had no idea what to expect. I saw the trailer around 5 months ago when it came out and loved it, so I blinded myself the all information on the film completely. I wanted to go in knowing as little as possible, and I'm so happy I did. When the trailers finished playing in the cinema the curtains shrunk the screen down to a tiny box as the film was beginning and a sense of claustrophobia began to set in. This feeling is an invisible character throughout the whole film, influencing every scene and every action the characters make.
A Ghost Story is not afraid to linger on a feeling. There are single shots that are minutes long with no dialogue and minimal movement but they are fully justified. I never thought a 9-minute long scene of someone doing nothing but eating almost an entire pie would cause such an emotional response from me, but that's exactly what happened. It gets under your skin and reels you into the world being presented to you.
To me this film was the perfect length, yet I could have watched it go on forever. I felt boxed in to that world in the same way the ghost watched everything pass around him. The flowing camera movements and thoughtful framing added a sense of catharsis to the experience.
I had been holding off writing this review as I wanted to wait until I could think of any issues I had with the film, but I'm struggling. So at this point I'm just going to accept the fact that I adored this movie. I wouldn't change a thing.
A Ghost Story was a unique experience. It's a thoughtful portrait of life, death, time and ways to express a feeling. I just wish I could watch it for the first time again.