Rachel Henrie ✨’s review published on Letterboxd:
You know the kind of existential questions we sometimes ask ourselves briefly before forgetting about them and continuing our day to day lives? A Ghost Story takes us directly and unapologetically in this overwhelming state of questioning.
Although the plot is really simple, with only a few characters and locations, this film deals with concepts as vague and as scary as time passing by and impermanence. The long shots and few cuts creates an hypnotic slow pacing, giving us a chance to grasp the feel of the film. The countless moments of silence, where the camera and the actors are just existing in this time and space is truly fascinating. The cinematography is absolutely incredible. Every shot looks like an old and faded memory, so precious that just the thought of loosing it hurts. The grainy atmosphere is palpable all throughout the runtime, and it directly touches this nostalgic cord we all carry within ourselves, especially because the moments the characters share with each other feel so real. This film is a contemplative piece on our perception of time, and how it impacts us. Just the slow movement of the shadows of some leaves moving in the wind is captured with what feels like sincerity.
I can only speak for myself but this film made me think about existentialism and how small we are in the grand scheme of things for more than an hour, which is very impressive. This ghost figure, that contemplates the life it had as the last remains of it slip between its fingers, is such a powerful image. Its presence reminded me of our own perception of reality, as we question what matters in our lives. Our place in this cosmic emptiness and the concept of leaving a trace behind us, a legacy is such a fascinating topic, and I'm glad this film made me stop for a moment to let these ideas sink in. Cinema is such a powerful medium, and I would need quite a few rewatches to fully grasp the concepts presented in this film. I know for a fact that there is a lot I need to think about before I can say that I understand it all, but I think it is precisely the beauty of it.