Review of Personal Shopper (2016) by Jonathan Berk
Personal Shopper is currently available to rent or buy on both Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD. This was a film that got a lot of buzz earlier this year, though I knew very little about it. Directed by Olivier Assayas, the film follows Maureen (Kristen Stewart) who is a personal shopper for Kyra (Nora von Waldstatten), a model who doesn’t have the time or the luxury to go shopping for herself. Maureen, who is similar in build to Kyra and has a strong understanding of Kyra’s taste, is living in Paris for this job, but that’s not her only motivation for staying.
Stewart is outstanding in Personal Shopper
In fact, Maureen hates her job and her boss, but she is staying with hopes to hear from her twin brother. The downside is she doesn’t know when that will be, if at all, but since he died in the city it’s her best bet. Both her and her brother believe themselves to be mediums and had promised to contact the other when one of them died.
Kristen Stewart got a bad wrap after Twilight. She’s won me over with her performances in American Ultra and Cafe Society, but Personal Shopper really cemented her as an actress that can carry a film. She has very little support for most of this film as the side characters are almost exclusively in one or two scenes. Thus, it falls on Stewart to carry the entire film and she does so expertly.
The film explores the idea of being haunted in a few different ways. Early on in the film, Maureen is staying at the house her brother owned and presumably died in. The atmosphere of the scene is frightening and the events she witnesses set the tone for what the film will be. It’s a drama, a personal exploration, and a ghost story. The film is often very quiet, but it’s never dull.
Personal Shopper is definitely a thought-provoking film. The ending may leave people wondering about it’s meaning, and that’s actually one of the things I love about it. There are a multitude of ways to interpret the meaning of the film. The film is definitely a Must See, though it’s definitely possible it won’t work for everyone.