Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper

DVD - 2017
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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, and a chilling meditation on modern modes of communication and the way we mourn those we love.

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10derly
Aug 23, 2019

This one takes patience since it really takes its time. But those who can stick with it, will be rewarded. I feel due to its pacing, "Personal Shopper" has received less positive criticism. Kristen Stewart does so well with so little, when it comes to dialogue. It's become sort of her forte. This is really important here since this is pretty much a one-woman show. Check it out. You won't be let down. Its message rings true for most of us.

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ScorchingSun
Jul 03, 2019

After minutes of fingernails scratching-on-backbone of walking and walking and walking, I decided to jump ship.

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SusyHendrix
Mar 11, 2019

I'm of two minds about this movie. I get why people love it and I get why people hate it without loving or hating it myself. The direction is strong and so is Stewart in the lead. The sense of loneliness, grief, and disconnection was great-- hence the large amount of texting scenes. I will say that by the hour and a quarter mark the movie was wearing thin on me though, and I was more relieved it was over than dramatically satisfied by the ending.
As for the movie's classification as a psychological thriller or horror picture, I would disagree. It's a dramatic film with thriller elements, but not a bonafide thriller. It has some suspense and two creepy scenes, but otherwise, the dominant tone is melancholy. Don't expect bumps in the night.
If you like slowburn dramas, you might like this one. I can't see myself rewatching it, but I'm glad to have seen it once. But once was enough.

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maipenrai
Aug 20, 2018

Hated it!! What a waste? What was the viewer supposed to learn from the film??

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ausnos
Jun 24, 2018

A pointless movie.

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imagenel
May 28, 2018

Oh well, Olivier Assayas has never been a real author of French cinéma; in truth, he's rather médiocre. Poor K. Stewart had to go topless a couple of times in film, for what? Ass-a-yas made another boring film Irma Vep (give him credit for adapting a French comic before Hollywood) with his then short-lived wife Maggie Cheung, had her all decked out in tight black leather/spandex (good thing Maggie hardly spoke French in her get-up), sounds familiar Kristen? Poor Kristen, the latest Assayas-fetish?

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Byond
May 04, 2018

Perhaps I should have been grateful for the experience offered here. The focus is on a person who seems so utterly cut off from any feeling of joy at all. It is true she has suffered the death of her twin, but apart from an attraction to the spirit world, there does not seem any evidence of human closeness to that lost relationship. Her strongest emotion might be hatred of her job and her boss. She has fears possibly connected with 'the forbidden', but her acting out does not connect her to others. Critics have claimed this to be a treatment of grief and loneliness; they might be correct, but it plays out in a life on the brink of nothingness. Very possibly this is a testament, 'The Way We Were' 2017, and might encourage us to meet ourselves and recognize the enemy.

So, two stars for entertainment; four or five for medicine?

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TippyMudge
Apr 28, 2018

What a very boring movie! Hard to follow as there is not a story line at all. Does show you how to get on & off planes & trains in Europe..... and the star performed very well, conveying boredom! Should be 1/2 star, not 2 1/2.

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Sophie2772
Mar 20, 2018

boring boring boring. embarrassed I wasted 2 hrs of my life watching this

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lukasevansherman
Mar 20, 2018

Merde! There is a lot of vitriol for this one. It's not a horror movie, for one, and it's not a Hollywood movie, for two. After their successful collaboration on "Clouds of Sils Maria," French auteur Olivier Assays and erstwhile "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart re-team for a kind of art house ghost story. Clearly it's lack of a traditional narrative and its tendency towards abstraction and ambiguity did not sit well with a lot of people. I found it a little slow and meandering, but I like most everything Assayas ("Carlos," "Irma Vep") does, and I appreciate that K Stew is taking on interesting projects and roles very different from those that made her an unlikely star.

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