Personal Shopper (2017)
Critic Consensus: Personal Shopper attempts a tricky series of potentially jarring tonal shifts with varying results, bolstered by a performance from Kristen Stewart that's impossible to ignore.
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as Police Officer
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as Kyra's Lawyer
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Critic Reviews for Personal Shopper
A riveting, impossible-to-shake masterwork that leaves the audience spooked, not by its telling but by its commitment to abstract themes of grief, solitude and coming of age.
"Personal Shopper" is tough to pin down, but it's a strange and stunning ride - haunting without being hokey, with surprises around every turn.
The production is in equal parts mesmerizing and perplexing, intriguing and frustrating.
As much a study of solitude, intimacy and otherworldly longings as it is a contemporary ghost story, the film is both genuinely scary and psychologically serious.
Assayas is among France's most respected filmmakers, but just what he was attempting to do with this film is something of a mystery.
Audience Reviews for Personal Shopper
The story rather interestingly hypothesizes that ghost sightings have less to do with otherworldly dimensions than the mental and emotional state of those who experience the same. And so a film delving onto the psyche of a young woman undergoing some shit. I liked it mostly, with some parts being mesmerizing, while still an uneven effort.
Hitchcockian? Defnitely not! Although I like some scenes and the ambiance in general, one out of two: either Olivier Assayas had a very structured story in his head but failed bad in putting it out, or the whole movie was nothing but an excuse to undress Kristen Stewart and satisfy his fantasies. Let´s face it: with the exception of Maureen, all other characters are almost nonexistent and to such an extension that pretty much the entire cast gives us the most mechanical and terrible acting. Even if intentional once Personal Shopper is basically an one-character story, if secondary roles are not strong enough the story must be, and that´s exactly what it is not. In much better ways loneliness and alienation (Angela Schanelec´s "Marseille", to just mention one; and Kelly Reichardt´s "Wendy and Lucy" and "Ceratin Women"), and mourning and loss ("This Summer Feeling" and, why not?, "The Truth About Emanuel") have already been portrayed. For the scaring parts I can´t say much once I am not fond at all of horror movies, but I would like it better if it had taken a more subtle approach. As soon as the Fox sisters were mentioned I knew things were definitely doomed, however, the texting scene brought a certain spark of hope. I was expecting the story to take a different turn, a more realistic one I admit, once it was clear from message one who was texting Maureen, whose vulnerability was so visible and touchable that she could be easily driven over the edge. "Are you alive or dead?" Really? You´re asking to be trolled.
Unfortunately Personal Shopper, despite some promising moments, becomes an incoherent--albeit stylish--mess with no clear sense of self or direction. Stewart's understated skill would have worked in a better written, better directed film. However, Personal Shopper doesn't give her enough space or time, leaving the performance mostly underwhelming--if not at times, misplaced. What is most frustrating is that there were certainly elements of the film, if strung together in another lifetime, that would have made for an endearing thriller.
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