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3.3
1,564 Ratings

Personal Shopper

Directed by Olivier Assayas
France, Germany, 2016
Drama, Mystery, Horror

Synopsis

A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.

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Personal Shopper Directed by Olivier Assayas
It’s a bleak masterpiece: Not even the David Cronenberg of Videodrome (which it sort of remakes, with the internet swapped in for basic cable) matches its hallucinatory vision of a culture ensnared—and enslaved—in its own intellectual dark web.
May 10, 2019
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Familiar themes of existential unease, techno-horror, and the follies of late capitalism are presented here with a minimalist touch, complemented by Stewart’s phenomenal interior performance, and aided by subtle yet effective sound design and a light tincture of special effects. With equal parts playfulness and artfulness, Assayas uses remixed genre elements to fashion a phantasm: a galaxy-minded rumination on the struggle for meaning—of identity, art and spirituality—in the post-millennial era.
January 03, 2018
Assayas’ camera lets Stewart control the frame with her entire body and injecting even her text message conversations with personality, like her dubious punctuation. Assayas chooses to constantly reinvent the movie throughout from a fashion picture to a ghost story to a murder mystery. It keeps viewers on their toes, and at the center is Stewart who gives what is the best performance of her career to date in one of the best movies of the year.
January 03, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Personal Shopper

    I totally get the polarizing response and I'm smackdabbed in the middle of it. Arthouse ghost stories tend to be pretentious and and Assayas went all in on the camp factor, maybe to compensate that, but it ends up almost an unforgiven mess. But Kristen Stewart, playing a slightly freakish version of herself, totally lifts the material and never lets our attention wander elsewhere. Best text drama I've ever watched.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Personal Shopper

    Doesn't gel its various themes, story, and tones into an immersive and sensible whole. The texting self-actualization plotline an hour in is akin to Tsakamoto's A Snake of June, but is more explicit in its handling of characterization, if less deep in layers, and it too fumbles in its final stretch. Also, while that Japanese film's blue tint was gorgeously sensual to look at, the photography here is unarousing.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Personal Shopper

    Director Olivier Assayas continues to bring out the best in Kristen Stewart with the interestingly messy "Personal Shopper." The scene halfway through the film of Stewart both frightened and excited as she texts with an intimidating stranger - lost in her own world as a train full of people go about their everyday business around her - might be the most perfect depiction of millennial ennui yet captured on film.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Personal Shopper

    Kristen Stewart being herself... I start to think that her career will be this: she finding roles that are shades of herself. That being said, I think she brought the sense of dread, (dis)belief and existencial crisis that the character asked for. The final minutes were amazing: as the film ends, you're still wondering if the spectres, floating glasses and earth shakes were real or a product of Maureen's imagination.

  • oldeuboi's rating of the film Personal Shopper

    ... or The Postmodern Life of an Urban Medium. While the apparition is sometimes tacky yet it's utter unsettling, creepy and occasionally scary. But it's not really about the horror. The haunting is more about life itself and driven by Stewart commanding perfs.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Personal Shopper

    There's a specter haunting Europe these days... I'm probably the only one who thinks that the "ghost story" is detrimental to an otherwise interesting narrative about neoliberalism, post-modernity, non places, liquid identities, the complete commodification of life in 21st Europe, but that's ok. There are traces of Gibsonian post-sci-fi that are much more interesting than the so-called supernatural elements. Traces.

  • Skinnedteen's rating of the film Personal Shopper

    This film is like getting 10 missed calls from Kristen Stewart and texts asking her brother if he is at peace and her brother finally calls back like "omg dude! I was but not anymore cause u keep buggin me about d afterlife!"

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Personal Shopper

    Even if i do not love Assayas that much, i must admit that this one is a strong and personal film. He might have said that he wrote the script too quickly but it works : the twin brother, her work in the skin of someone else, and this idea of ghost and almost unfanthomable things VS mode and materialism. Assayas is also good to film new technologies, Skype and SMS in particular. The price in Cannes is well deserved.

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