Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper

Olivier Assayas (2016)

101min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A personal shopper thinks she's in paranormal contact with her dead twin brother in this vapid hybrid of suspenseless ghost story, stodgy psychodrama and obvious pop culture satire. Kristen Stewart's second successive alliance with erratic French director Olivier Assayas is inspired by a line in their Clouds of Sils Maria collaboration about movie fantasy being more real than reality, and finds the ever-watchable Twilight star in Paris tending to the wardrobe needs of a celebrity fashionista (Nora von Waldstätten) while trying to access the spirit world. But this art house Euro hokum lacks verve and technique. Indeed, the mind-boggling centrepiece of this high-brow exploitation bust is Stewart on a Eurostar shopping trip to London texting a mysterious presence on her smartphone for an aggravating and wearisome 20 minutes. Predictable twists are further bogged down by the insistence on tracking camera shots, leading to a daft ending that merely underscores the inept strangeness and po-faced inanity Assayas's fuzzy direction mistakes as style.

Summary

While recovering from the untimely death of her 27-year-old twin brother, Paris-based fashionista and medium Maureen is asked to search for his presence in the house his girlfriend is now trying to sell. The siblings had earlier made a pact that whoever died first would reveal a sign to the other and though unable to detect anything particularly unusual in the property, Maureen starts to get text messages from an unknown source. Psychological thriller, starring Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger and Nora Waldstatten.

Cast & Crew

Maureen Cartwright Kristen Stewart
Ingo Lars Eidinger
Lara Sigrid Bouaziz
Erwin Anders Danielsen Lie
Gary Ty Olwin
Kyra Nora von Waldstätten
Victor Hugo Benjamin Biolay
Cassandre Audrey Bonnet
Jérôme Pascal Rambert
Director Olivier Assayas
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Mar 2017
Drama