A movie to watch on a rainy day or late at night to truly capture the essence of the story.
The haunted house story has been done to death – let's face it, but every now and again a little gem comes along that stands out from the pack. While not necessarily a great movie, Personal Shopper can at least say it's different.
Directed by Olivier Assayas, who previously had written and directed another film with Kristen Stewart, the impressive Clouds of Sils Maria, where interestingly enough, she plays a very similar character - both women are assistants in some form to a big celebrity.
In this story, Stewart is personal shopper Maureen, to a celebrity in Paris and really cannot stand her job but it pays well. It's been three months since the death of her twin brother Lewis from a congenital heart malfunction and she is desperate to make contact with him in his abandoned house – staying true to a pact they made when they were alive.
When strange happenings begin to take place around Maureen and her life, both in reality and spiritually, she begins to receive messages from an unknown number who claims to know about her; is this her brother, a stalker or something malevolent?
It must be said that the look and feel of the film has this quiet quality about it, which suits the story being told and makes this haunting drama stand out.
Kristen Stewart continues to shine post-Twilight and is not afraid to take on movies that, won't exactly light up the box office but overall will bring her satisfaction, artistically.
She's hit the jackpot collaborating with Olivier Assayas again and Personal Shopper just might be Kristen's best performance to date – at least up there. Throughout the film, her character goes through a wide variety of different emotions and Kristen has no hesitation in going to these deep, dark places and absolutely no drama when it comes to nudity. European directors and nudity – it's a culture thing!!
The human co-stars do a fine job but the standout is the non-human presence that makes this story a helluva a lot more interesting and even entertaining for folks who hate slow moving films.
All in all, I dug Personal Shopper, but not all people will agree – it's certainly not for everyone. There are a few unnerving moments but it isn't exactly a horror movie per se. If you enjoy a unique story, then you totally should check this film out.
Written by Matthew.