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Personal Shopper [Blu-ray]
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(Oct 24, 2017)
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With this intimate supernatural drama, the celebrated French filmmaker Olivier Assayas conjures a melancholy ghost story set in the world of haute couture. Starring Kristen Stewart, whose performance in Assayas's Clouds of Sils Maria made her the first American actor to win a Cesar Award, this evocative character study tells the story of a young American fashion assistant and spiritual medium who is living in Paris and searching for signs of an afterlife following the sudden death of her twin brother. A stirring depiction of grief in the form of a psychological thriller, Personal Shopper which won Assayas the best director award at Cannes is a chilling meditation on modern modes of communication and the way we mourn those we love.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- 2K digital master, supervised by director of photography Yorick Le Saux and approved by director Olivier Assayas, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
- New interview with Assayas
- 2016 festival press conference featuring members of the film's cast and crew, including actor Kristen Stewart
- PLUS: An essay by critic Glenn Kenny
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The house is about to be sold by Maureen’s sister-in-law, Lara (Sigrid Bouaziz), so a couple nights is all she has. Surprisingly she feels some sort of presence and let me just say, I didn’t know this was a ghost story. Technically there are some very cool visual effects showing wispy apparitions. This of course scares the crap out of Maureen. The film and Maureen move on as she must decide whether she wants to remain in Paris, essentially being a gofer for some rich bitch.
Events become complicated as mysterious texts start to show up. Who is it? Her brother? A stalker? Stewart is brilliant in this role and has shown herself to be quite an actress after those dreadful “Twilight” films. The film has plenty of twists and turns and changes styles like a baseball pitcher changes deliveries. I can’t say that the film hits all the bases but it is stylistic and entertaining enough to be recommended. Plenty of surprises.
Couple of comments: this movie marks the reunion of French writer-director Olivier Assayas and Kristen Stewart, who previously made the critically well-received "Clouds of Sils Maria". Here they go a very different direction, namely how a surviving twin must learn to go on in life, even while yearning for her twin brother. This movie is nothing short of a tour de force for Stewart, who appears in virtually every from of the movie, I read somewhere that Assayas wrote the role of Maureen specifically with Stewart in mind, and Stewart certainly returns the favor by bringing one of her very best performance to date yet. The days of "Twilight" long beyond her, Stewart, still only 26 if you can believe it, continues to surprise (in the best possible way) with her choice of roles (check also: the recent and excellent "Certain Women", Anesthesia, the already mentioned Clouds of Sils Maria, and One the Road a few years ago). So far for the good news. For the not quite as good news: the plot requires you to take certain leaps of faith, and to be honest, I couldn't quite get there. So for all the buzz about this being a "psychological thriller", I found that a bit of a stretch. Instead I found myself fully mesmerized just watching Stewart's performance. There is a long sequence in the movie where Stewart is on the EuroStar to London and she finds herself texting with an "Unknown" number... Just watch!
"Personal Shopper" premiered at least year's Cannes Film Festival, to great acclaim and with Assayas winning the "Best Director" award. The movie finally opened this past March on 2 screens here in Cincinnati and I couldn't wait to see it. The Friday evening screening where I saw this at was attended poorly (5 people, including myself, of which 2 left about midway through and didn't return). If you are expecting to see a 'scary' movie, you are sure to be disappointed. In instead you are in the mood for a character study about a grieving surviving twin that includes a stellar performance from Kristen Stewart, you are in for a treat, and I'd encourage you to check this out, be it on VOD or on DVD/Blu-ray.
Don't waste your hard earned $40. Skip this movie and watch something else more interesting, like anything else!