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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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Stewart is in nearly every scene, and she's phenomenal.
It's a bit crackpot as drama, but Personal Shopper has such controlled burn, such depth of feeling around this topic of grief, and such an aching performance from Stewart, that it hardly matters that it doesn't quite make sense. Logic is over-rated.
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.
Assayas is among France's most respected filmmakers, but just what he was attempting to do with this film is something of a mystery.
Looks passive and slow but Personal Shopper is a decent act on paranoia and depression. [Full review in Spanish].
It is spooky, spiritual, heart wrenching, different, tightly written, and surprising.
Flawed as it is, a film as strange and ambitious as Personal Shopper (it takes guts to include a 20-minute ghost texting sequence) absolutely deserves to be seen.
The film was never creepy during the ghostly appearances, but Assayas' vision caught my attention from start to finish.
Despair may be in vogue in our contemporary (political) culture, but it's to Personal Shopper's credit to proclaim that hopelessness is, indeed, not in fashion.
The film for all its interesting style and intertextuality remains indebted to Stewart's terrific central performance.
Kristen Stewart delivers a great performance that grabs our attention, and Olivier Assayas does a very nice job creeping us out in some moments; but it is just too bad, though, that he gets lost with a stupid script that has no focus, no direction and not much that interesting to say.
Kristen is good and the slow pace didn’t bother me, but there is literally no resolution in this movie. Who was texting her? Who was the killer? Was the ghost her brother? Almost two hours patiently watching and you’ll never know. Yeah. That’s a bit of a problem. I can use my imagination to some extent but not for an entire movie.
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.
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