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Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper

Oct. 19, 2016 France105 Min.R
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Director

Cast

Hammou Graïa isPolice Officer
Police Officer
Benjamin Biolay isVictor Hugo
Victor Hugo
Audrey Bonnet isCassandre
Cassandre
Aurélia Petit isChanel Press Attache
Chanel Press Attache
Pamela Betsy Cooper isEurostar Business Traveller
Eurostar Business Traveller
Benoït Peverelli isPhotographer
Photographer

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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Original titlePersonal Shopper
IMDb Rating6.2 10,446 votes
TMDb Rating6 117 votes

(80) comments

  • dinovanJuly 28, 2016Reply

    Terrible

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  • omgmrteaOctober 2, 2016Reply

    Very unnerving in a good way, i liked it quite a bit

    Just saw this at the 12. Zurich Film Festival. For me, what really
    stands out about this movie is the fact that you don’t know where it is
    going. It was a stressful experience, but i enjoyed it nonetheless. Is
    it about something supernatural? Is it psychological? Is it …? I’ve
    seen a lot of movies in my life, but rarely one that is unsettling in a
    very subtle way like this one. I was never really sure what to expect
    from the movie, and at certain points it was quite unnerving. Honestly
    at some point during the movie, i was JUST NOT SURE anymore where it
    was going, which was very suspenseful and at the same time very
    stressful, haha. Kristen Stewart, whose independent movies i like very
    much anyway(The Yellow Handkerchief/Welcome to the Rileys/Speak etc),
    delivers a great performance and really adds a lot to the mood, and you
    can really feel her psychological stress, especially in a very well
    done train sequence, and, well.. Telling any more would spoil the
    experience i feel, that’s why i stop now. It’s best if you don’t know
    too much about the movie imo.

    If you want to see something different/unique, you don’t mind a slower
    pace and you like it if circumstances are not always perfectly clear –
    this is one for you. 8/10

  • Stephen Alfieri ([email protected])October 8, 2016Reply

    Interesting, moody but unfulfilling film

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  • Jerry RontsisNovember 13, 2016Reply

    Go for it. There’s no way to tell whether you’ll like it or not before you see it.

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  • anna-173-13810November 21, 2016Reply

    Interesting premise, very bland film. Waste of time.

    I watched the move yesterday at the Mar del Plata 31º int film
    festival. As a thriller & horror lover I thought this would be
    something I could enjoy… but I was wrong.

    The movie has potential, it’s nice to see a fresh subject matter and
    original premise however it didn’t deliver due to the bland acting,
    un-relatable characters, uninspiring dialog, the lack of tension (which
    it’s vital to be a thriller), the lack of unsettling imaginary (to at
    least make the ”scary” parts somehow eerie)

    The plot is original, yes, but it doesn’t know where it wants to go.
    Some of the plot points where interesting but didn’t go nowhere; the
    insipid characters didn’t make you invested enough on them either.

    While I don’t mind slow pace, this film was dragging & seemed rather
    incoherent. At the same time, some resolutions seemed rushed. The
    ending was trying to leave some sort of ”shock” or ”surprise” to the
    public but instead bring a sight of relieve because the movie was
    finally over.

    The photography isn’t particularly remarkable either. It’s very
    forgettable over all & I regret wasting my time on it, I should have
    trust my instinct and leave the theater when I was 30 min in.

  • Clemens KanzlerDecember 8, 2016Reply

    Love it or hate it …

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  • Thomas ([email protected])February 5, 2017Reply

    Stewart triumphs once again

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  • maurice yacowarFebruary 5, 2017Reply

    Personal shopper finds she shares dead twin’s access to the spiritualist world

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  • WalterKovacksMarch 8, 2017Reply

    This years most misleading trailer award goes to……

    If you’re expecting to see a thoughtful addition to modern slow burning
    haunted house films such as The Others or Paranormal Activity, then
    look somewhere else. In fact, go and watch those two, they’re great
    films, that reward their audiences with exactly what they were
    expecting. Sadly, the same can’t be said for Personal Shopper. A film
    that not only gives away a major plot point in the trailer, but also
    has it contain about 80% of the scares. Seriously. Watch the trailer,
    nearly every ”scary” moment is in there. Sadly, you won’t realise this
    until you’ve watched the film right up to the abysmal anti climatic
    end.

    I’ve read other reviewers say they wanted to walk out at the 30 minute
    mark. I can genuinely see why. I have no problem with films taking
    their time. In fact, it’s nice to just sit back and let a director
    flaunt their craft. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE TIMES!!!! Everything is so
    dragged out. But it doesn’t get us anywhere. We’re subjected to a 20
    minute back and forth text conversation, that does nothing, except make
    you want to check your own phone. It’s a tedium that’s not resolved
    either. We’re left wondering who’s on the other end of the
    conversation? In fact, I’m still not sure why it’s even in there. It
    serves absolutely no purpose to the plot. If they’d left it out, you
    wouldn’t have missed it. It’s that irrelevant. There’s also a brutal
    murder of a major character (but, if you’ve seen the trailer, you know
    who it is, and where it happens), but it’s wrapped up inside 10
    minutes, and not mentioned again.

    So that’s the film, what about tween idol Kristen Stewart? Well that’s
    where there is a slight ray of hope (albeit an emo friendly black one).
    Granted, she does do what people have come to expect, which is
    essentially look sullen and pout. However, that actually works here, as
    her character is dealing with a very recent death of a twin, who died
    from a condition she has, and may kill her in the same spontaneous
    manner. So as far as casting is concerned, she’s a clever choice. It’s
    hard to comment on the rest of the cast, as they fleet in and out so
    quickly, you’ll struggle to remember them. Think Daniel Radcliffe in
    the Woman in Black, only instead of Kristen Stewart being surround by
    creepy toys with renaissance eyes, she’s surrounded by real people who
    serve no purpose, and aren’t given long enough to have one.

    As far as the supernatural element goes, it feels tacked on. The
    trailer lead me to believe that there’s either a malevolent spirit
    chasing Bella Swan, and like Paranormal Activity, it’ll get stronger
    the more attention she gives it, or that she’s a medium who doesn’t
    know it, and her day to day life is invaded by her unknown powers. This
    is not the case for either. Every time something spooky happens, it’s
    treated as the norm, and nobody is overly phased by the fact that this
    girl is seeing full entities. Even she takes it in her stride. The
    whole thing ends up feeling like somebody filmed Kristen Stewart, then
    at the last minute thought ”I like ghosts”.

    If you want to see a decent haunted house chiller, this isn’t for you.
    If you want to see a decent murder mystery, this isn’t for you. If you
    want to see the girl from Twilight in nothing but little black pants,
    give it a go. For me though, this is a disappointment that rivals The
    Girl on the Train.

  • Petro ShamborovskyyMarch 9, 2017Reply

    much less then expected

    Before going to the cinema I have seen view reviews plus fact that
    movie was honored in Cannes made me expecting good quality work if not
    the masterpiece.

    Unfortunately, I received nothing at all. The only beautiful moment I
    liked is the main hero of Kristen Stewart wearing breathtaking
    mirror-style dress…

    I will explain why I did not like: – what is the movie about? One will
    say it is multi layer plot…I would say it excerpts of some layers
    each of them lacking complicity and not deep, not touching at all. You
    do not feel the movie, it neither makes you ”floating in a boat” not
    making you sitting uncomfortable. – scenery: some critics praise movie
    for showing amazing Paris. Few shots of the streets make you feeling
    like in Paris but just compare to Woody Allen…

    Waste of time. Unfortunately.

  • David Ferguson ([email protected])March 10, 2017Reply

    texting and spirits

    Greetings again from the darkness. This is quite probably the first
    ghost story where the most suspenseful moments center on the texts
    popping up on a smart phone screen. From writer/director Olivier
    Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria), this one is more than a ghost story –
    it’s also a story of grief, a search for identity, and yes, that desire
    or need to connect with the afterlife.

    It’s important to note that the film kicks off not with Maureen
    (Kristen Stewart) carrying out her duties as described in the title,
    but rather by being dropped off at a once grand country home, now
    abandoned and the source of some terrific sound mixing. Creaking
    floorboards, squeaking doors and groaning walls all serenade Maureen as
    she spends the night in search of the spirit world. We soon learn she
    was actually hoping to connect with her recently deceased brother Lewis
    … a twin with whom she had a pact that whomever passed first (they
    shared a heart ”malformation”) would make contact with the other from
    beyond.

    Maureen then returns to her day job as personal shopper and all-around
    go-fer to her egotistical celebrity boss Kyra (Nora von Waldstatten), a
    high profile fashion model whose snooty ways have Maureen spewing
    hatred of her job during Skype sessions with her long-distance
    boyfriend Gary (Ty Olwin). With incessantly slumped shoulders, Maureen
    zips around Paris on her scooter toting shopping bags filled with
    expensive dresses, jewelry and shoes. She’s on the outskirts of wealth
    and celebrity, but the to-do notes and lack of personal interaction
    with Kyra epitomize how far outside the circle Maureen really sits.

    There are moments of acting support from Sigrid Bouaziz as Lewis’
    girlfriend, and Lars Eidinger as a suspiciously low-key creep, but it’s
    Kristen Stewart who carries the full weight of the film, and continues
    her streak of very interesting work. She does so in a manner not shy
    about showing her body, but also with the authentic body language of
    someone whose frustration grows with each successive text from
    ”unknown”. As a modern twist to the traditional thriller, the film also
    ties in the past with such touches as Swedish mystic Hilma of Klint and
    amateur spirit hunter Victor Hugo. It’s understandable how Mr. Assaya’s
    film received both boos AND a standing ovation at Cannes … no one is
    really sure how to react to the first texting ghost story!

  • cdcrbMarch 13, 2017Reply

    brother, is that you?

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  • JvH48March 13, 2017Reply

    Despite not labelled as Horror movie, expect several cold shivers. Perfect example that good Horror movies are indeed possible, avoiding the usual clichés

    Seen at the Film Fest Ghent 2016 (website: filmfestival.be/en). Despite
    not advertised as Horror (possibly to not scare viewers away, as Horror
    has a bad name), certain cold shivers could be felt several times,
    though I do not understand why. All the usual ”ghostly” effects were
    absent, no blood, no gore, no creaking doors, and so on. Well, there
    was a large empty manor with a lot of rooms, stairs, doors, dark
    corners, and so on. Only once or twice we saw an unclear moving image
    appear on the wall, and only once a moving skeleton hanging from the
    ceiling. But that were only the minor nail-biting experiences, as these
    sorts of things are to be expected in a deserted house.

    Other ”Horror look-alike” instances, now in clear daylight and in a
    normal house or hotel, had more subtle effects and hence were much more
    effective. Various nice ideas are included, most of these impossible to
    describe or to explain what is so special about it. An example yet a
    possible weak point is the hefty texting dialogue between our main
    character and someone unknown. The back-and-forth dialog is shown to us
    while it is building up. It is indeed something very scary when it
    would happen to one of us. Still, I think a better alternative should
    have been found that better fits a tense movie, but that is easy for me
    to say. I could provide other eerie examples from the screenplay at
    hand, but that would involve spoilers which I want to avoid at all
    cost.

    The story gets complicated halfway, showing a victim different from the
    one we assumed in the first place. In other words, an unexpected turn
    of events. More of these are to follow suit. It makes us wonder who is
    behind some unexplained phenomena. Everything is cleared up in the end,
    with just one exception where we are left in the dark (literally) what
    is going on, that being the moment when the final credits appear and we
    are left wondering whether there is more to come. The latter is not a
    complaint, however, just confirming that a happily-ever-after ending
    was impossible with these ingredients.

    All in all, the horror genre may have a bad name, but this is a counter
    example showing that the genre is really alive and finding new original
    ways. The movie has its faults, but the net result is interesting and
    shows promises for the horror genre. I know that this film is not
    labeled as a Horror, but that may be done on purpose to not scare away
    people with memories of B-film horror’s, ad nauseam filled with zombies
    or vampires.

  • subxerogravityMarch 13, 2017Reply

    It’s interesting, I’ll give it that, a little hard to say if it’s good or bad.

    A little all over the place as it’s a ghost story and mystery at the
    same time without actually needing to be the same story even though
    it’s in the same movie

    Kristian Stewart plays a personal shopper who stays in Paris to see if
    her late twin will give her a sign form the other side after his death
    (Because they both had the gift to talk of he dead). She makes contact
    with the other side and adds two more different plots to a movie that
    did not need anymore layers really.

    The movie does count on your love (or hate)of Kristian Stewart. She’s
    the one and only focus of the film as we explore her interesting life
    as a woman who purchases clothes for a famous woman, can contact ghost
    and is getting stalked by one, while dealing with her twin’s death, But
    hey, we get to see her naked, a major plus as this movie fixates on how
    dead pan she can be as an actress.

    Overall, the filmmakers gave us a pretty interesting mix of a movie
    that could have acted as two or three different movies. The layers make
    sure that it’s not really boring but it is a little bland.

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  • AnotherMoviePleaseMarch 15, 2017Reply

    Give me my money back

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  • themadmoviemanMarch 18, 2017Reply

    Unsettling and unorthodox, albeit not Assayas’ best work

    The word ‘atmospheric’ comes to mind when thinking about this film. It
    may not be the intensely cerebral and deeply fascinating work that
    Clouds Of Sils Maria was, but director Olivier Assayas does a brilliant
    job at creating an intriguing and very unorthodox story about the
    paranormal work like clockwork, and with yet another strong performance
    from Kristen Stewart, Personal Shopper is indeed an engrossing watch.

    The one thing to bear in mind when watching this film is that it’s not
    trying to be any sort of horror movie. A few scenes in the first act
    may lead you to believe it’s a supernatural horror, but in reality,
    it’s not all about jumpscares and creepy apparitions, but more about
    the strange and unsettling nature of watching a woman being haunted.

    One of the most interesting things about Personal Shopper is that it
    leaves a lot to the imagination. I say that the main character is being
    haunted, but what Assayas does very well is suggest all manner of
    reasons for her feelings. On the one hand, it could be just that, a
    ghostly spirit from beyond the grave haunting her, but on the other, it
    could be her own personal demons that have created something even more
    terrifying. As the film toys with both ideas throughout, it makes for a
    particularly intriguing watch, keeping you invested in an unpredictable
    story right up to the last.

    The other thing that this film does really well is grab you with
    piercingly intense silence. That may sound completely counter-
    intuitive, but an almost dialogue-free twenty-minute period of this
    film is by far its most enthralling. Following Kristen Stewart’s
    character exclusively throughout that period, Olivier Assayas
    ingeniously heightens the smaller and quieter sounds of the world
    against the lack of dialogue, making for an amazingly eerie feeling
    that contributes massively to the film’s bizarre and unsettling
    atmosphere.

    Also, Kristen Stewart’s performance is once again excellent here.
    Although maybe not as good as her turn in Clouds Of Sils Maria, the one
    thing she manages to bring across really well is the sense of being
    deeply personally troubled. Her character is a fascinating enigma from
    start to finish, and her very quiet yet clearly vulnerable performance
    makes the threat of the demons haunting her all the more powerful,
    something that yet again adds so much to the unnerving vibe of the
    film.

    With all that said, however, I can’t say that this film is entirely
    brilliant. Although I loved the direction and lead performance that
    made for such an engrossing atmosphere, the writing isn’t always on the
    same level. The greatest power from this film doesn’t come from the
    plot itself, rather the experience of watching it, and that means that
    when things are a little more conventional (particularly in the
    somewhat underwhelming first act), it’s not so engrossing to watch.

    On the whole, I thought Personal Shopper was an impressively
    atmospheric and unsettling film. With some excellent and unconventional
    direction from Olivier Assayas, and yet another very strong performance
    from Kristen Stewart, there’s a lot that makes this film intriguing,
    although its plot isn’t as intelligent or interesting as I maybe would
    have liked.

  • antcol8March 19, 2017Reply

    It Ain’t Borzage

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  • paultreloar75March 21, 2017Reply

    A hollow vessel

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  • brankovranjkovicMarch 21, 2017Reply

    I frustratingly couldn’t decide what this film was trying to be!

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  • mduffy521March 22, 2017Reply

    Beyond Bad

    I’ll keep this short. Just saw this film. Reviews made it seem somewhat
    interesting. It wasn’t. What it was was just awful – long, dull,
    boring, and worse, very, very, pretentious! I can only assume that the
    rave reviews here on IMDb were written by paid shills who didn’t
    actually see the film (lucky them). I understand that folks reading
    this quick review don’t know me either, but trust me on this – save
    your time and your money. I lost both.

  • AlexFalzonMarch 22, 2017Reply

    Two Thirds of an Incredible Film

    Well, Personal Shopper is certainly a weird movie.

    The film is the second collaboration between Kristen Stewart and
    director Olivier Assayas, and I should mention that I haven’t actually
    seen the first. In fact, as I realised earlier and with surprise, I
    actually haven’t ever seen Stewart in any film – unless you count her
    very brief appearance at the end of the mostly-forgotten 2008 action
    flick Jumper. As my knowledge of her beyond that only really extended
    to her performances in five Twilight films and a gritty, live-action
    adaptation of Snow White (again, none of which I’ve watched), I wasn’t
    really expecting much from her.

    She is excellent in this film. She manages to be both mysterious and
    relatable, both sexy and unlikeable, both stoic and vulnerable, and all
    the while channelling a cynical personality that belies a deep, hidden,
    desperate hope. It’s an extremely complex performance, and she pulls it
    off tremendously. The rest of the cast is also strong, but Stewart
    rightly holds the spotlight.

    The story is… well, it’s uneventful, for the most part, especially at
    the beginning. In fact, and unfortunately, the first twenty-five
    minutes is so incredibly boring that I nearly fell asleep in my seat.
    Granted, it was an exceptionally comfortable seat, but I’d just
    finished my second double-shot latte. The beginning of the film
    consists of Stewart walking around her dead brother’s old house during
    the day, and then again at night. The lack of music was soothing, the
    creaks of the old wood lulling.

    I was startled out of my almost-sleep by a sudden tonal shift in the
    film. Now we were in a horror movie, complete with frightening visuals
    and multiple jump-scares. This carried on for around another fifteen
    minutes, after which the film became a psychological thriller, where it
    remained for the remainder of the movie (after a brief venture into
    erotic-thriller territory). I have to say, though, it kind of works,
    and I had no problem with the tone bouncing all over the place;
    however, this does not fix the incomprehensibly dull first twenty-five
    minutes.

    The rest of the film tells the story of a (you guessed it!) personal
    shopper who is lingering in Paris, where her brother died, on the off-
    chance that he might try to contact her from beyond the grave. She
    already knows some people, and meets some new players as the story
    progresses, the most notable of whom is an unknown person who forms a
    relationship with her via text. As she attempts to deduce her new pen-
    pal’s identity, she goes about her day-to-day life, all the while
    hoping for a sign from her late twin.

    The technical elements are solid, if a little unambitious, and the
    movie sounds great across the board. The cinematography and general
    direction are wonderful. The plot is where I started to get really
    confused, particularly in the final act, and I really don’t know what
    happened at the end. I have my theory, but I just can’t reconcile it
    against the facts and events presented earlier. Is the ending a plot-
    hole? Is it intentionally nonsensical? Did it simply go over my head?
    It could be any of these things, but satisfying it most certainly was
    not.

  • markgormanMarch 23, 2017Reply

    slow but absorbingly good.

    Personal Shopper is very French.

    It has the languid pace of the French New Wave, letting the movie
    breathe gently as its story of loss and identity gradually unfolds.

    But it won’t be the average horror (even ghost) movie fan’s cup of tea.

    It has no shocks for one thing, although a lot of tension.

    It’s a movie that completely embraces Kristen Stewart in all her glory.
    She is superb throughout with a highly naturalistic performance (that,
    as is her way, includes little in the way of humour and very few
    smiles).

    Glum. That’s the way to describe her.

    She’s barely off screen and acts with mobile phones, deserted buildings
    and the odd human.

    If you like action avoid at all costs, but for an intelligent
    supernatural story with brilliant acting and a highly original premise
    this should be just your cup of tea.

  • h-english-329-216405March 23, 2017Reply

    Thematically strong, although slightly under cooked and caught between genres

    At times I feel giving this film a 7 seems generous, but overall it’s
    probably deserving of that score. The story lulls around a bit longer
    than it should and I definitely grew disengaged during certain periods
    of the story. However, I do believe the core concept is fairly strong
    and Kristen Stewart’s performance is as well;having seen Certain Women
    only the other week, I now find myself wholly impressed with her acting
    ability.

    Basically, Maureen (Kristen Stewart) believes her recently deceased
    twin brother is trying to communicate with her because they had made a
    pact that whoever was to die first would send the other a sign to
    indicate that all is well and they are at peace.

    The mystique of the film, as you might imagine, is if Maureen is
    engaging with a malevolent spirit or a peaceful spirit; her brothers
    spirit or even a spirit at all. This ambiguity is reflective of
    Maureen’s own disillusionment with an unfulfilling career and life, as
    well as her mourning.

    Personal Shopper sort of falls between genres and because of this it
    doesn’t really satisfy fully as a drama nor a mystery. For me, it plays
    best as a narrative on grief and a characters search for identity. In
    this regards, the film offers an original take on those themes.

  • bkrauser-81-311064March 24, 2017Reply

    Boring and Pretentious

    Identity, grief, guilt and vengeful ghosts calling from the living
    past; there, I just saved you an hour and forty five minutes of Kirsten
    Stewart fidgeting with her hair and texting like a pubescent Amber
    Alert in progress. If you really want to get exactly the same
    experience for a fraction of the cost, bring your best clothes to a
    laundromat, hit spin and watch YouTube videos about Victor Hugo on your
    iphone.

    Personal Shopper sells itself as a modern ghost story. By day Maureen,
    (Stewart) our hero, works as a personal shopper, running errands for a
    famous-because-she’s-famous celebrity (von Waldstatten) who simply must
    have the latest fashion accessories. By night, she’s a medium with a
    talent she continually insists belonged to her belated brother – that
    talent presumably being, looking like a sleep-walking, emaciated golem.
    Before her brother died, He promised he would try to make contact with
    her so she can lay her anxieties about the afterlife to rest. Thus she
    waits…and waits, and waits some more, slowly absorbing the evening
    Paris lamplight while riding in her moped.

    Now I know that people deal with grief differently, thus I wouldn’t
    expect our demure protagonist to eat an entire container of Chunky
    Monkey while watching The Aquabats Supershow (2012-Present) (I would).
    However, I like to think a shared experience of most humans is seeing
    subtle but ever-present reminders of the deceased everywhere. When I
    lost a friend years ago, I couldn’t glance at a tie-dye shirt without
    getting the feels.

    Maureen on the other hand isn’t so much finding reminders of her dead
    brother as she is searching for signs and coming up empty handed. She
    either finds, or is in the periphery of a satisfactory conclusion to
    her story arc literally everywhere she goes. But instead of seeing a
    ghost and having it vomit ectoplasm as a sign that maybe she should
    move on, she keeps pushing and pushing until every major event in this
    thing becomes meaningless. It’s a frustrating situation – like
    following phosphenes around your closed eyelids and never seeming to
    pin them down to get a good look.

    The parts that are most viscerally effective are ironically the most
    mundane: elongated hand-held segments of driving through busy city
    streets, silent walks through creaky houses, characters holding dogs
    back from open front yard gates. All moments where we get to see
    Maureen’s real, actual expressions, before the camera obfuscates their
    meaning like a cat covering up their litter box. Then of course there
    are the texts. Long, drawn out sections of the film are expounded via
    cell phone texts. There’s even a late addition murder mystery that
    unfolds just so their can be more f**king texting! Those grasping at
    straws are liable to see Personal Shopper’s preoccupation with screens
    and conclude it must mean something. I’m more liable to believe if
    Assayas were alive in the 18th century he’d be doing performance art
    with semaphore. That’s just the kind of pretentious rake he is.

    If I wanted to watch someone stare blankly at a screen all day I would
    have sat at a park bench and leered creepily at teenagers. At least
    then there’d be an element of voyeurism; here there’s more an element
    of who gives a damn.

  • clarkj-565-161336March 25, 2017Reply

    Spiritualism

    This film just opened in Toronto and I was anxious to see it. I found
    the historical references fascinating. During the early 1900s,
    spiritualism was all the rage in various circles, especially among
    scientists. As an electrical engineer, I was surprised to learn that
    the inventor of PCM pulse code modulation, the basis of all the digital
    world, was Alec Harley Reeves. He was trying to discover a method to
    communicate with this dead mother. What I most enjoyed about the film
    was the immediacy. It was almost like I was not watching the movie but
    I was part of it. Sort of like that scene in the park in ”Blow-Up”
    where the whole world stops. The shots of Kristen Stewart are amazing,
    almost portrait like. She certainly builds the tension throughout the
    film, tremendous acting.

  • confesionesmialegriaMarch 27, 2017Reply

    Not a medium… but a mentalist

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  • Mark DeFazioMarch 28, 2017Reply

    Personal Shopper Review

    I went to see the movie tonight and walked out halfway through it I was
    so bored. They at least chose a good actress for the lead, but the film
    was a downer from the beginning and progressively got worst until I had
    to leave. What might have been a good concept on paper failed on the
    screen. Kristen’s portrayal of the character was uninteresting to me
    from the beginning and the cliché use of cigarettes and toothpicks were
    unnecessary. If I am checking Facebook in the middle of a movie it must
    be bad.

  • Fouad RealboxMarch 28, 2017Reply

    An potentially interesting but diluted ghost story

    The theme of a ”medium” woman waiting for sign of her dead ”medium”
    twin brother is a potentially original idea. Nevertheless, the writer
    fails to develop the theme in an interesting way and ends up by adding
    in the middle of the film a theft and a murder mystery totally
    irrelevant to the main theme. Therefore the film loses its focus and
    becomes diluted in uninteresting side events about arts, fashion,
    jewelry, hotels rooms and travels by train and motorcycle. Assayas is
    obviously fascinated by Krysten Stewart’s beauty, so we are inundated
    with endless face close ups and shots of nudity. Despite some striking
    scenes of ghost appearance, the film has a slow pace and is often
    tedious. Many scene ending are abrupt fade out. An overall
    disappointing result.

  • CC BBMarch 29, 2017Reply

    Beyond Bad!!!

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Asif Khan (asifahsankhan)March 29, 2017Reply

    No, the film does not revolve around fashion, rather it’s around the supernatural and stories of ghosts.

    Choosing a person’s wardrobe is a bit like playing the doll for an
    adult isn’t it? (Without getting sick, otherwise it will be like
    playing the doctor).

    Off-Note: Two years after Sils Maria, her César win, Kristen Stewart
    again teamed up with French director Olivier Assayas for ‘Personal
    Shopper,’ which is truly a fantastic drama! Or I’m just build in a way
    where Beautiful Women and dramatic senses of Fashion can trigger one
    hell of a yearning inside. More or less.

    Maureen, played by Stewart, is a personal shopper for a high-end model
    in France. She’s not in love with her job, she’s working her way
    through art classes, and she’s struggling with the same disease that
    recently took her brother’s life. She’s in mourning over her brother,
    but she also seems to be able to communicate with spirits and is
    constantly looking for signs that he is at peace. On top of all of
    that, she seems to have acquired a stalker who is making demands that
    may or may not give her safe ideas.

    If you couldn’t tell by the synopsis, this movie is a combination of
    many, many different styles, tones, and events. It shifts back, forth,
    left, right, up, down, northwest, southwest, and any other way you
    could possibly think of, and it does so in the best way possible. My
    favourite thing about the film is its pure originality,
    unpredictability, and refusal to reveal its secrets. Just three months
    into the year, I haven’t seen a single movie that has kept me locked in
    and captivated simply by deciding not to reveal anything. I felt like
    Personal Shopper rewired my brain to actually think about the film as
    compared to waiting for the story to unfold before my eyes and have
    everything explained to me. It doesn’t do that, and I have to admire
    how bold that decision is. Next, as many tone shifts, story shifts, and
    general shifts as there are in Personal Shopper, somehow it all comes
    together much more cohesively than you might expect. Ordinarily you
    might see a movie that puts so many moving pieces together and decide
    that it never pulls together as one. Personal Shopper uses its
    ambiguity, mystery and frantic to come together as one fascinating and
    riveting thriller that kept my heart beating the entire time. It’s
    beautifully directed and edited, and the story actually has a lot to
    say about what it means to lose a family member. The best examples of
    this come in scenes in which Stewart is texting her stalker, and you
    can see the stress that it puts her under. She has no idea who she’s
    texting, and the possibility of sending the wrong thing, the
    possibility of who is on the other end, and the idea that the person on
    the other end knows so much about her makes her extremely nervous and
    vulnerable, and we learn so much about her character through these
    scenes. Kristen Stewart also blew me away in this role. This might be
    the best I’ve seen from her in her entire career, and she pulled off
    the stress of her situation and the grief of losing a family member.

    I’m hard-pressed to find something I didn’t like in the movie just
    because every time it went in an odd direction or did something weird,
    I was so intrigued by the way it avoided mainstream norms. Like I said
    earlier, it would have been very easy to have a misstep in all of the
    changes in tone and story, and it would have been easy to have a flimsy
    structure and not be able to decide what it actually wants to be. A lot
    of the changes worked for me, and so many different tones worked and
    became cohesive. My one thing that I could find that didn’t at least
    compel me was a bit of the beginning. It took a second for me to fully
    jump in and accept a lot of what this movie shows. It felt a little bit
    dry, but it definitely picked up once I realised what the film was
    going for.

    Overall, Personal Shopper is possibly the most intriguing movie of the
    year, and it’s so fascinating because it refuses to tell us its
    secrets. It’s probably the most captivating film I’ve seen in 2017, and
    the constant tone changes and frantic of the shifts make it extremely
    original and unpredictable. It’s very well-directed and edited, and the
    story has a lot to say about how people react and the tension that
    grows after losing someone you’re close to and beginning to part with
    your better judgement. It’s visually interesting and the story is so
    enthralling and different. If you go into this movie expecting a
    supernatural horror-thriller, you’ll be severely disappointed. In fact,
    you’re going to have to open your mind to many different genres and go
    in with zero expectations. I’d absolutely suggest seeing it, but leave
    every genre expectation at the door. I’m going to give Personal Shopper
    an 8/10.

  • Paul AllaerApril 1, 2017Reply

    Watch it for the stellar performance from Kristen Stewart

    ”Personal Shopper” (2016 release from France; 108 min.) brings the
    story of Maureen. As the movie opens, Maureen is being dropped off at a
    house on the outskirts of Paris. Maureen spends the night hoping to
    connect with ”the next world” but nothing happens. Only later do we
    realize that she is trying to connect with Lewis, her recently deceased
    twin brother who died in that house from a heart attack. The person who
    had dropped her off was Lara, who was Lewis’ girlfriend. After the
    opening scenes, we get to know Maureen better: she is a personal
    shopper for Kyra, a super-busy and well off model, for whom Maureen
    picks up clothes and jewelry. Maureen has come to Paris after Lewis’
    death, as Lewis was a medium who believed in the spiritual world. Lewis
    and Maureen, who suffers from the same heart deformation as Lewis, made
    a pact that whoever dies first will send a signal to the other from the
    next world. At this point we’re not even 15 min. into the movie but to
    tell you more might spoil your viewing experience, you’ll just have to
    see for yourself how it all plays out.

    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 weekend 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 in the theater,
    on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray.

  • MisterWhiplashApril 2, 2017Reply

    a different definition for ‘Ghosting’ (aka ”Ghost-Text: The Movie”)

    A movie I didn’t think I would contemplate while watching Personal
    Shopper came to me, and it made me appreciate Assayas’s work all the
    more: Unfriended. Anyone remember that piece of trash? I know not all
    felt the way I did, but Unfriended represented, for my money, a
    completely impoverished sense of making material cinematic; that film,
    if you may recall, was kind of a Skype-found footage horror movie where
    one saw the action take place in real time on a computer screen with
    sometimes video of people looking at their computers screens/web-cams,
    but mostly it was seeing lots and lots and lots of text being typed and
    exchanged (and, as something else that made me think of it, it’s a
    spirit from beyond the grave who is giving back to the teenagers and
    bullies).

    What bothered me when I saw that (aside from a roster of horrible
    actors, characters and clichés from slashers and found footage), was
    that there was nothing redeeming the material through the power of
    cinematic grammar. That may sound a little much to expect, but if one
    is trying to use modern technology to make a unique spin on a genre
    experience, then it should have something new to offer our eyes and
    senses as part of the mis-en-scene, pacing and other facets of
    filmmaking. What makes Personal Shopper stand out as a much stronger
    example of what Unfriended died and failed to do was that Assayas is
    using technology through much of the film – text messages make up a
    good 50% of the screen-time here, if not more – but he also has two
    assets as a filmmaker: first, his lead and possible muse Kristen
    Stewart, who is there to react to the texts and is an active agent
    engaging with whoever this ‘Unknown’ is who about 35/40 minutes into
    the movie starts messaging her and making her feel alienated and
    distressed, and secondly that he builds suspense and finds realistic
    moments to take a break in the action of the texts.

    That is to say, she may be on a train, for example, and messaging with
    this ‘Unknown’, and then she has to get off the train or find somewhere
    else, or there’s the trepidation or suspense if she’ll actually message
    back to a message that seems very creepy or suspicious or to increase
    her paranoia and so on. It’s one of the few times that I can think of
    that a filmmaker has made something that is now practically ubiquitous
    to the lives of those with smartphones (that is, everyone in the modern
    world), and yet it’s a useful device for tension and drama and conflict
    for our heroine. The other positive is that it’s not all that this
    movie has up its sleeve; on the contrary, this is a ghost story, but
    it’s really Assayas taking the ghost story as a vehicle not so much for
    horror (though there are some scenes that may make people jump if
    they’re especially prone to things that ‘apparition’ in front or behind
    someone, and a particularly brutal murder), but for an existential sort
    of inquiry: if there are ghosts and an after-life, shouldn’t that be
    slightly optimistic, that there is some after-life to look out for?

    What’s so strong though is Assayas filming everything with a keen sense
    of creating suspense when he has to, but also creating a mood for his
    star to become equal parts vulnerable, strong, confused, sexually
    aroused (yeah, that kind of happens at one point, thanks to a dress
    with early 20th century Germanic overtones due to the black leather
    straps), and searching and questioning as a performer. And it’s Stewart
    herself, who’s occasional (or often) trembling and nervous quality
    serves Maureen really well at times – notice the close-ups of her
    shaking thumbs – and yet there’s a lot of depth here that may be easy
    to miss that she brings to this character. She has to hold our
    attention, and at first I wondered if she could (she’s in practically
    every scene – there’s one where I thought, maybe, she’s an invisible
    spirit herself?) and she does. She’s attractive and yet, as someone I
    was with pointed out to me after the movie ended, it’s a ‘Tablua Rasa’
    sort of thing too: we can project how we feel about her reactions, to
    the texts, to the people she’s around and a little separate from
    (mostly the rich people she shops personally for, hence the title), and
    also on the film itself.

    Is it all a blank slate? Yes and no, and that’s what keeps the intrigue
    for me. Though by the very end, I was hoping for a little more clarity
    than what I got – some may not feel that way, and there’s certainly an
    emotional undercurrent to that last shot that can be felt greatly. But
    I wish it hadn’t been SO ambiguous; it leaves what is a pretty good,
    sometimes marvelous and alluring and daring dramatic thriller, in the
    space of what could have been a masterwork. But, hey, texts are now
    interesting on a cinematic level, so major ups to Assayas for making
    that leap.

  • steve-73589April 14, 2017Reply

    So Boring

    I was looking forward to watching another Kristen Stewart film that
    looked so good from the trailer. How wrong was I? The run-down cinema
    in Sheffield had a few problems so there were no trailers or adverts at
    the beginning, meaning we were straight into the film after ten minutes
    of apologising by the embarrassed staff.

    Get on with it I hear you cry! I have to write 1000 characters for this
    review so that’s why I’m waffling..

    The film started off slowly.. very slowly. I remember checking my watch
    around twenty five minutes then I don’t remember a thing. Yes, for the
    first time ever in a cinema I fell asleep!

    After an hour or so I woke to a nudge from behind because I was
    snoring. I watched for another fifteen minutes but it was so
    mind-numbingly boring I left the cinema and returned to my hotel room.

  • James De BelloApril 14, 2017Reply

    6/10

    Maureen (Kristen Stewart) is a personal shopper for big time celebrity
    Kyra (Nora von Waldstatten). She also happens to be a medium that know
    how to communicate with spirits from the other world and refuses to
    leave Paris until she gets a sign from her recently departed brother
    Louis.

    ”Personal Shopper” is one endeavor in genre mix I had yet to see. The
    fusion of styles, ideas and cinematic traditions is fascinating and
    quite off putting at the start, yet it manages to entertain audiences
    with moments of true suspense and fascination even though it goes
    completely off the rails in trying to have any emotional impact or pay
    off.

    The film is a mixing of genre as much as it is a mixing of styles. We
    get these long uninterrupted shots that stalk Maureen through the house
    which she believes she is haunted and juxtaposes it to scenes that you
    would expect to find in a dark fashion thriller. This combination
    admittedly does give the film an inherent interest that never leaves
    it. The first hour or so of the movie is quite captivating in how
    unapologetically it brings together these various elements lacing them
    together with a quite arrogant use of jump cuts which result in a smart
    idea to link the fantastic with the mundane.

    Kristen Stewart is a very effective lead, she manages to paint layers
    of characterization onto this person and open up an emotional place
    that would have easily been lost in hands of lesser actors. Her work is
    probably why the suspense scenes work so well. It is amazing to see how
    in one moment you are following a fashion discussion and you’re
    captivated by it and in the next one you’re completely scared by an
    apparent ghost story.

    Assayas definitely has to get some credit for the structure in which
    the horror scenes are built, whilst he has some major problems in
    tackling the genre, the scenes of suspense work perfectly because of a
    true mastery on the technical aspect. The elements introduced are
    synthetic and effective and they are juggled around in a perfect
    attempt at audience manipulation. Moreover he manages to get a couple
    of really amazing and suspenseful stable shots that I won’t spoil, but
    really stick out as gems of the technical proficiency of the film.

    Unfortunately there are many story points and and emotional beats of
    the film that have almost no context or relevance to character here.
    Assayas has many problems in building the supernatural and there is
    lots that is either left for blatant exposition or not explained at all
    and left in a weird place of misunderstanding. The closure of the
    picture suffers immensely from this and all of the fancy genre stuff
    does not come together in an ending that leaves the audience completely
    cold and clueless on what emotions to feel.

    Overall the film has some very brave ideas and motifs, but the
    intention behind it leaves the audience scratching their head.

  • manuelasaezApril 15, 2017Reply

    Pretentious, drawn out and overly dramatic. Not a good film.

    I watched this movie, knowing very little about it beforehand, and I
    was left baffled by how anyone could make such an interesting premise
    result in such a mundane and tedious film. Nothing goes on for most of
    the movie, and when I mean NOTHING, I mean nothing. We get overly long
    shots of Stewart riding her Moped, shopping for clothes, dealing with
    her ”friends”, and smoking. So much damn smoking. When things do
    happen, it is poorly executed and reminiscent of a film students first
    project. The film does not know what it wants to be; a horror movie, a
    ghost story, a murder mystery, a drama, an art film. It tries to be an
    amalgam of all of these genres and fails handsomely at every single
    one. I just don’t understand how this can happen. The director is
    competent, the script was serviceable if a bit simplistic, and the
    acting was not awful. How can these elements which would work in any
    other movie fail so incredibly in this one?

    One scene in particular stood out to me that describes this entire
    movie; Stewart’s character is on a train on her way to London from
    France. She is receiving text messages from an unknown sender, and the
    exchange goes on for like 10 minutes. She moves from cart to cart,
    exchanging high school level texts messages with someone she does not
    know, and this goes on for 10 whole minutes. Who really wants to see 10
    minutes of someone text messaging? It’s poor film making, using
    technology to excuse a lack of creativity. It’s the worst type of film
    making, and while this film is not awful, it really does not deserve to
    be seen by anyone. It is just not worth it.

  • trans_mauroApril 15, 2017Reply

    Arsty Fartsy Ghosts

    Well, it seems that the director of this movie specifically made it
    with one noble thing in mind. And no, it was not to discuss the
    after-life, depression, loneliness, grief, etc.

    It was made with the sole objective to show again to the audiences a
    topless Kristen Stewart!!! Which is OK per se (she is not that bad),
    but not enough to fill the interest of the audience for more than the
    time her exposed nipples are shown on the screen.

    Other than that, the story is tedious, Kristen Stewart is irritating in
    her role (as usual, she cannot act!), characters are boring and dry,
    nothing scary happens, the alleged ghosts are juvenile and, of course,
    the film has no resolution at all (it is an artsy-fartsy film, right?).
    The director simply decides to leave everything hanging in the air
    like….the ghost of a bad idea!

    Unless you have a devotion for Stewart’s nipples, there nothing much in
    it.

  • Cat GardenerApril 16, 2017Reply

    This turd stinks too much to try disguise itself as ”art”.

    Positive critic reviews for this film have me convinced many of them
    must be on the take, because this is a TERRIBLE film. It fails as a
    mystery, as a drama, as a thriller, and as a horror. It simply fails.
    Period. It is a pretentious piece of turd trying to disguise itself as
    art. But it stinks too much to disguise itself as anything but the pile
    of crap it is.

  • smoke0April 16, 2017Reply

    Sometimes amusing, sometimes annoying

    I took two stars off for the silly ending, although I am sure that was
    intentionally annoying, as some of the situations were, as stated
    above, amusing in their spontaneity and confusion, and some were
    annoying for exactly the same reasons.

    Kristen Stewart carried this film easily and did a much better job with
    her character here than in her previous collaboration with the
    director, and while I found her remote and confounding in Clouds, I
    found her sympathetic and capable here.

    Overall this is the kind of movie to watch with friends on a rainy
    afternoon and then spend the rest of the evening discussing what you
    saw and what it meant, and in fact, this is the kind of movie made for
    the late lamented message boards, since so much of the film is open to
    interpretation and the wider range of people to discuss it with, the
    better.

  • rony36April 16, 2017Reply

    Don’t know, what’s the story about?

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  • PotassiumManApril 17, 2017Reply

    Quietly creeping, unsettling film about spirits

    This taut, low-key mystery thriller proves to be quite unnerving and if
    you let it, it will become a source of self-debate afterward. It
    centers around another stark performance by Kristen Stewart, who in her
    own squirmy but brooding way fits the role perfectly as a European
    celebrity’s personal shopper in Paris who confronts the possibility of
    spirits in the aftermath of family loss.

    Stewart’s role is fairly similar to the one she had in her previous
    collaboration with director Assayas, though here the plot deals
    predominantly with grief and the supernatural rather than pop culture
    and entertainment; here, Stewart’s character’s fancy job and the
    industry she works in become something of an afterthought. The posh
    surroundings are all but forgotten amid the creepy mood that pervades.

    The film’s biggest problem is not the much-maligned logic gaps, but
    rather a pacing that is too uneven. The editing here is a bit choppy at
    times. But the film’s tempo and pitch are able to overcome these
    missteps with an emotional buildup that burrows into the main
    character’s anxieties, uncertainties and ongoing quandaries.

    You will either find this gripping or ridiculous. But the film gets a
    lot of points for being both creative and well-executed with the kind
    of modest but effective style we see too rarely deployed in
    contemporary cinema. Gladly recommended.

  • rapid_randyApril 17, 2017Reply

    Unfortunately Stale.

    For who this film would legitimately satisfy as a whole is a bigger
    question than the ones most people will have after viewing. The
    previous sentence is almost as confusing as how this is getting rave
    reviews. Perhaps it’s those who overlooked the many flaws because they
    enjoy the director or actors. Kristen Stewart definitely has found her
    way into some great parts that will surprise those who only are only
    familiar with the Twilight series. Kudos to her for that and I look
    forward to many more great performances. It’s the story that didn’t pay
    off for me, especially after an interesting trailer. Some will call it
    pretentious and boring. As someone who usually loves movies that get
    called those things, I find it hard to argue unfortunately.

  • Sean GomesApril 18, 2017Reply

    A big meh

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  • CineMuseFilmsApril 19, 2017Reply

    A well-acted but unoriginal iPhone-driven ghost story

    Ambiguity in storytelling is a double-edged sword: it can mask a
    narrative that is unsure of itself or it can be a source of visual
    pleasure. It is used to some extent in all good filmmaking, offering
    imaginative pathways for viewers to bring their own interpretations to
    the story. But over-reliance on ambiguity is risky. The supernatural
    film Personal Shopper (2016) elevates ambiguity to an overarching
    theme. The film offers few clues on whether the story is about a
    grieving sister’s personal journey into the spirit world or her grief
    trauma psychosis or her encounters with real ghosts.

    The plot hinges on a brother and sister pact that whoever dies first
    from their shared congenital heart condition will contact the other
    from the next world. It is months since her brother died, and Maureen
    (Kristen Stewart) is still waiting for a sign that he is at peace. Her
    continued emotional pain and closeness to him is palpable and she is
    suppressing grief trauma just enough to function. She lives in a world
    of shadows, both as a personal shopper for a mega-celebrity and as a
    spiritual medium awaiting contact with the dead. When she starts
    receiving unidentified text messages that appear to know too much about
    her, she is unsure if it is her brother or a stalker. There is
    unmistakable eroticism in how she reacts to the texts and in her
    relationship with the demanding celebrity. The texts become domineering
    and lead the story into unpredictable and weird territory.

    Audiences hoping to witness genuine contact with a departed soul will
    be disappointed. In its place, they will find a disjointed montage of
    outer-worldly and mortally sinister possibilities that rely on the
    viewer joining the dots. Despite the marketing hype, this film lacks
    originality and narrative coherence. There is an abundance of tired
    ghostly tropes like floating translucent veils, self- levitating
    glasses, and a haunted house with creaking floorboards to make sure we
    know it’s a ghost story. Maureen’s job as a personal shopper is a
    narrative construction to reveal her fetish in dressing up and even
    masturbating in outrageously expensive clothes. Unless you are a voyeur
    for people’s private conversations, the prolonged sequences of iPhone
    texting from an unknown source can become tiresome. The cinematography
    is classically supernatural: dark, dark, and then darker scenes with
    some illuminated only by the whites of Kristen’s eyes. The main
    redeeming feature of this film is Kristen Stewart herself. Whether the
    script is convincing or otherwise, she has the talent to carry the role
    in all its mercurial variations, from the fast-talking fashionista, to
    terrified victim, to the sister poignantly mourning the loss of her
    beloved brother.

    In an increasingly secular world, fans of this genre will keep
    searching for original, plausible, and scary supernatural films that
    explore the existence of an afterlife. After all, the genre itself
    exists to give vicarious expression to our fear of death. In one way,
    Personal Shopper makes a fresh contribution to the genre with its
    depiction of iPhone technology as the new séance platform for
    communicating with the unknown. But the film also falls back on old
    genre standbys like chatting to a ghost via the slamming of doors.
    Overall, it has enough eerie atmosphere, dramatic tension and
    unexpected twists to be entertaining, but it is Kirsten Stewart alone
    who saves it from mediocrity.

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  • markmcfadyenApril 19, 2017Reply

    Truly awful

    We saw this last week and after an hour or so people began to leave. As
    the titles came up at the end, the woman behind me shouted For f%$£
    sake.

    The basis of the story is weak and revolves entirely around KS seeking
    a sign from her recently departed brother that there was an afterlife.
    He was a medium, she is a medium and their near the end friend we find
    out is a medium. All mediums together. Who here doesn’t know at least 3
    mediums? There is an attempt to add a story to this drab concoction
    involving the theft of jewels with starts and finished with quick
    predictability and seems to have been added to alter the mind numbing
    acting of KS and her shopping/buying scenes.

    The end must rank as the worst endings leading from a dull storyline to
    the Far East (yawn!) 90 minutes I’ll never get back

  • Red_IdentityApril 19, 2017Reply

    Fascinating

    I think the best thing that one can say about this film is that there’s
    really no guessing where it’s going to go, or even, what’s going on at
    any current moment. It makes sense on a purely surface level, but as to
    what’s actually going on is a bit hard to discern. There will be quite
    a lot of people who don’t like this film, possible due to a combination
    of its pacing and where it eventually goes. I think it’s a good mix of
    horror/drama with a dose of sentimentality. It’s definitely not an easy
    film to categorize. It’s a good thing Stewart is able to carry the film
    quite well.

  • NeonDisguiseApril 19, 2017Reply

    A film about Kristen Stewart texting iMessages on an iPhone.

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  • jdesandoApril 19, 2017Reply

    Hokum or not, Personal Shopper will keep you thinking and guessing.

    ”I mean there are invisible… presences… around us. Always. I mean
    whether or not they’re the souls of the dead, I don’t know, but… You
    know when you’re a medium you just are attuned to some sort of…
    vibe.” Maureen (Kristin Stewart)

    Horror film? not so much as rather a satisfying study of grief and
    letting go. Make no mistake, in Personal Shopper horror tropes occur
    regularly as Maureen is visited by phantasms that could or could not be
    her deceased twin brother.

    Just like Stewart’s unaffected but convincing acting style, Assayas’s
    terrifying techniques eschew the showy and offer the subtle. I have had
    convincing spiritualist experiences but still remain skeptical about
    the presence of the deceaseds’ souls. Just so with Personal Shopper:
    I’m ever a skeptic although I am convinced that believing in a presence
    is common for intense grief, and expunging is a slow process.

    Every scene is Maureen’s from extensive close-ups to point of view
    shots allowing us to see the presence or feel its power with its
    stomping or dropping glass. In that sense, writer/director Asseyas is
    affirming the ghosts while leaving some of us in denial accompanied by
    a confirmation that she believes in what she sees, at least until the
    closing line.

    If you don’t believe what you’re seeing, you will believe the beauty of
    the Paris, London, and Oman locations, again underplayed but integral
    to the belief system Assayas challenges with every frame. As for the
    title, she is personally searching for an identity, the present
    personal shopping affording only minimally vicarious pleasure. Of
    course, she is shopping for her lost brother and her ability to live
    without his ghost.

    A murder makes the proceedings real, a quiet acknowledgment that even
    if the spiritualism seems suspect, blood, police, and a murderer are
    palpable. Modernizing with anonymous text messages to the heroine (”I
    know you”) brings us close to the reality of living in the hectic
    presence with just the putative contact of another world to take us
    briefly away from our own.

  • dbcintApril 20, 2017Reply

    We’ve all been through that rut…

    Starring Kristen Stewart as Maureen Cartwright, a woman who holds the
    titular occupation, Personal Shopper is a mishmash of genres and ideas
    that culminate in a self-discovery story, and a fairly good one at
    that.

    Maureen is a personal shopper inasmuch as I am a supermarket employee.
    (I’m that, sure, but more importantly, I’m a writer.) It’s what she
    does, but she’s determined not to let it define her. She’s also a
    medium, and has desires to be something more. She doesn’t seem to know
    what she wants to be, but it’s heavily implied that she’d be much
    happier buying overpriced clothes and jewellery for herself rather than
    for her clients. Maureen is also using her skills as a medium to try
    and find a sign from her dead twin brother, Lewis. Lewis was also a
    medium, and had a pact with Maureen that the first of them to die would
    send a sign to the other – a promise that both expected to be able to
    keep fairly promptly, as they both had the same heart deformation, and
    it was this that killed Lewis.

    In a lot of ways, this plays into the desperation we see Maureen spiral
    into throughout the film. Although we don’t see anything of her
    relationship with Lewis – he’s been dead approximately two years – it
    would be understandable for them to go through life not knowing how
    much time they’ve got, but human nature still dictates that you expect
    to make it through the day and wake up tomorrow. Lewis’ death would
    have changed that outlook for Maureen. She’s now had it hammered home
    that her death could come at any moment. But without Lewis around, she
    doesn’t have anyone she can talk to about it. She could talk to her
    doctor, or go to some kind of therapy, but for whatever reason, she’s
    chosen not to. Instead, she interacts primarily with her clients and
    other people she meets through work. So when she starts receiving
    anonymous text messages, she replies to them in a way that any sane and
    rational person would. She doesn’t know who this person is, which means
    she can’t form a real emotional attachment to them, and to Maureen,
    that means she can talk to them the way she can’t talk to anyone else.

    Personal Shopper is a journey of self-discovery for Maureen, and as
    such, Stewart is in every scene. At first, director Olivier Assayas
    seems determined to keep her face in the shadows – the movie opens with
    Maureen arriving at a darkened old house, and she spends the next five
    minutes exploring it, seemingly in the search for spirits – but as
    events unfold, Maureen is more and more exposed. That’s symbolised in a
    later scene where Maureen changes clothes, and goes nearly nude in the
    process (stripping down to just her panties before getting dressed
    again). There’s also an earlier scene where she’s topless as she has an
    ultrasound. Contextually, both of these scenes make sense for Maureen
    to be in some state of undress. Neither scene is sexually explicit, and
    a later scene that has sexual implications to it is done in a tasteful
    way that serves the story and character arc.

    Unfortunately, Kristen Stewart doesn’t quite have the acting chops to
    carry a movie like this yet. She’s very good, and in some scenes, she’s
    spectacular, but a role like this really requires someone who can truly
    lose themselves in it. At many points throughout the movie, I actually
    felt like I was watching Maureen, rather than watching Stewart act.
    That’s fantastic, it’s what the role called for, but the moments where
    Stewart fumbled were all the more noticeable because of it. Stewart’s
    been getting a lot of praise over the last few years, and Personal
    Shopper makes it clear why. It’s a great showcase for the potential she
    has, and I have no doubt she could carry a movie like this in a few
    years’ time. She’s just not quite there yet.

    She’s also not helped by the fact that no-one in the supporting case
    particularly stands out. Kyra (Nora von Waldstätten), Maureen’s main
    employer, was the worst of the bunch. At one point, she’s sitting on
    her bed taking a conference call, and wouldn’t stop squirming around.
    It was like she couldn’t get comfortable, and I have no idea what she
    was trying to portray. It distracted from whatever the scene was trying
    to tell us, and this was really von Waldstätten’s only chance to show
    us what a horrible boss Kyra supposedly was.

    The most interesting person Maureen interacts with is her text message
    stalker, and this part of the movie’s story also gives us a great
    thriller / mystery element. One scene where you think the stalker’s
    identity is about to be revealed is beautifully built up with drama and
    tension, underscored by some truly frightful music.

    The main point Personal Shopper is getting at is that we all go through
    a time in life that we consider a rut. You know those times where
    you’re stuck in a job or relationship that just doesn’t do anything for
    you anymore, but you don’t know how to get out of it or what you’d do
    without it. Staying in the rut provides a form and sense of security,
    and all too often we value that security over whatever might happen if
    we moved on.

    For my full review of this and other movies, visit my website at
    theblogfather.co.nz

  • LaiathApril 21, 2017Reply

    I mean, come on.

    Another movie where Kristen Stewart plays Kristen Stewart. I mean, come
    on; the gal can’t act to save her life and yet everyone seems to be
    oblivious to the fact. The script is bad. Some lines are downright
    ridiculous, and the screenwriter seems to have been blind to the thin
    line between intriguing unanswered questions and plot holes. If you are
    willing to fill in the gaps with your imagination, though, and you
    don’t mind the excruciatingly slow pace, you may enjoy the movie.

  • Gordon-11April 21, 2017Reply

    Too busy being artistic

    This film tells the story of an American woman who refuses to leave
    Paris, because her twin brother died of a heart attack in Paris. As
    both of them have a supernatural ability to contact spirits, she stays
    behind trying to make contact with her brother.

    ”Personal Shopper” blends horror and thriller into a film. The trailer
    looks cool, and I had high hopes for it. Unfortunately, the opening
    scene is already tortuously slow and boring. I don’t really think
    looking at Kristen Stewart walking around in a house is that
    interesting. Then, we see her mundane but rather unusual job as a
    personal shopper. The film tries to convince me that Kristen Stewart is
    a medium, but it seems that she spends a lot of time being unconvinced
    of her ability. The ending gets everyone in the auditorium very
    confused, as the messages are conflicting. Overall, Kristen Stewart is
    very good in the film, but the film is too busy being artistic, and not
    spend enough time to deliver a good story.

  • Cammy BApril 21, 2017Reply

    Confusing and slow

    The movie, ”Personal Shopper,” was recommended to me on some site, and
    the supernatural part of the plot sounded interesting. I got through
    it, but it was not pleasant. The story was convoluted, slow, and ended
    before explaining anything. It was like reading a second graders story,
    but only if you forced the second grader to write an entire manuscript;
    so many of things thrown in there that you thought they would
    eventually tie together somehow, then it simply ended… With a song
    that makes it seem like everything worked out.

    Oh! And as the movie name describes, Kirsten is a Personal Shopper.
    Oddly enough though she is dressed almost like she’s camping for the
    entire movie. Going to Cartier, Chanel, and clients homes with greasy
    hair and a T-shirt. So odd.

    Don’t watch this unless you like being bored and frustrated.

  • Miracles HappenApril 22, 2017Reply

    A Psychological Movie

    I have to admit that Kristen Stewart’s performance makes up 80% of the
    entire movie. She actually manages to transfer feelings to others
    without even needing to open her mouth. The plot is unusual and
    interesting, the atmosphere tastes exactly like Europe. Overall, a good
    movie!

  • CinemaClownApril 22, 2017Reply

    Kristen Stewart Puts To Rest All The Notions About Her Inability To Act

    At times spooky & at times absorbing but mostly boring, Personal
    Shopper finds Kristen Stewart in commanding form as she single-handedly
    steers the whole picture past the finish line but the dull pace at
    which its events unfold fails to generate an interest in this silent
    rumination of loss & grief.

    Set in Paris, the story of Personal Shopper follows Maureen who refuses
    to leave the city until she makes contact with her recently deceased
    twin brother. Her life becomes more complicated when she receives a
    series of knowing texts from an unknown number and decides to converse
    with the mysterious person.

    Written & directed by Olivier Assayas, the film exhibits a haunting
    vibe in its opening moments but it becomes repetitive after a while as
    we see Maureen doing the same stuff throughout the picture. Although
    elements of psychological thrillers are evident in the final print, it
    inclines more towards a simmered down art-house drama.

    The camera is always focused on Stewart’s character and never leaves
    her side. Stewart herself contributes with a wonderfully composed
    performance and the unbearable weight of loss is quite noticeable in
    the way she plays her part throughout the movie, be it her role as a
    personal shopper or a medium or a sister who’s lost her brother.

    On an overall scale, Personal Shopper isn’t a film for all. While some
    will be intrigued by few layers of themes & subtexts that underline its
    images, others will be put off by its lethargic pace and lack of
    coherence. For the most part, it feels like what would’ve sufficed as a
    short film is stretched to 105 minutes narrative, and far too slow
    moving at that. Watch it only for Kristen Stewart.

  • kstevens-88033April 22, 2017Reply

    Unique/Engaging Character Study of Loss and Grief

    I saw this movie a few days ago and have been haunted by it ever since.
    I am writing this review more to clarify my own thoughts and feelings
    rather than to try and influence anyone to see (or not see) it. I have
    always believed the sexiest/most compelling thing about a woman is her
    confidence, and, for me, Personal Shopper is the cinematic equivalent
    of that belief. I cannot remember ever seeing a movie so supremely
    confident in itself, which kept my eyes glued to the screen wanting to
    know more. Director Olivier Assayas managed to create a film that is so
    sure of itself it defies all genres, conventions, and expectations. He
    found a perfect balance between not caring what the audience thinks
    about his movie without alienating or insulting his audience with how
    much he doesn’t care. No emotional manipulation or trying to cater
    to/please the widest possible audience here, which is so very
    refreshing. This is what he has to say. Take it or leave it. Love it or
    hate it. So, while it is not the best movie I have ever seen and has
    it’s flaws, I am still giving it a very high rating for daring to be
    different. On a side note, taste in movies is extremely subjective, so
    I can understand and respect the reasons why other reviewers gave this
    movie such low ratings. However, I do not agree with the common
    practice of putting down other reviewers/calling them idiots for having
    different opinions. In a perfect world, I wish we could all just agree
    to disagree without being hateful/hurtful. Peace.

  • thedmtmoleculeApril 23, 2017Reply

    Dreadful boring movie

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • help_needApril 23, 2017Reply

    Wasted Potential

    Hello, I will be brief, the film had story, screenplay, atmosphere and
    here comes the big BUT that caused the movie to fail so miserably – the
    deeply disappointing ending. I lost 1:45 min to see that dumb final,
    now I know why the movie got booed so hard on the festival.

    Really sorry that I had to lose my single-week-movie-night to such a
    mediocre stuff.

    Good luck to all.

  • Ridge ShreveApril 23, 2017Reply

    If you like watching people text, this movie may be for you…

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • EnkiduApril 24, 2017Reply

    a girl waiting for a sign from her dead brother, but seems she has dialed wrong number

    Maureen believes in existence after death and is waiting for a sign
    from her brother. she visits her brothers house waiting for a sign, but
    instead, an aggressive feminine ghost answers back by opening tap water
    and an energy attack. Maureen is a personal shopper for a celebrity and
    likes to be her, she tries her clothes even it is forbidden and stays
    at her place for night. she starts receiving text messages from a
    stranger (unknown on caller ID) who happens to use iphone as well
    (imessage). ghost starts with asking personal questions but slowly gets
    boring which even Maureen doesn’t bother to reply him/her anymore. an
    interesting scene for me in this movie was when Maureen turns on the
    phone, and starts receiving old messages, you can see the unknown
    existence is notifying her about his arrival which ends at landing of
    her door, be she is polite enough to just leave a note and leave.
    unknown stranger asks Maureen to visit same hotel room again and he is
    waiting for her -after Maureen employer found murdered by her in her
    house- then u will see the ex-boyfriend of Mrs. celebrity who is in
    same floor of hotel and gets arrested by undercover police after
    leaving the hotel. it is not very clear if Maureen meeting him, but
    that’s what you might want to believe after connecting all evidences.
    Maureen follows her brother request and travels to an Arabic country (i
    believe it was Oman, but am not sure) and the spirit visits her again
    there. spirit once visited her in her sisters house by breaking a glass
    of water, but Maureen is not easy to get convinced about evidences and
    totally ignored that. this time spirit breaks another glass, then start
    to make noise by closing the wooden door/window, but still Maureen is
    not convinced if that is the brother ( are you Luis?), but even if it
    was the brother, he does not sound nice at all! moral conclusion might
    be: don’t try to contact spirits unless you know the exact number. you
    might call wrong number and find an angry spirit following you around!
    Movie was bit slow and confusing, but well you could see lot of tits!
    ending is also open and you can not say for sure if: she met brothers
    spirit, if ex-bf was the murderer, if Maureen is satisfied now and can
    go after her life which is shopping for another celebrity i assume!

  • lasttimeisawApril 24, 2017Reply

    an empath’s self-reliant rite-of-passage to bring down the curtain on a bereavement

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • jan_erationApril 24, 2017Reply

    Capital BORING!

    I’ll never get that time back again. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever
    watched such a boring film? The ‘moody’ Kristen may have worked for
    teenagers in the vampire films but I wanted to slap her sulky face
    after minutes of this film starting.

    If it was meant to be enigmatic it failed. In fact, for me anyway, it
    failed in everything I look for in a film. I’m astounded that it has a
    decent rating on here, a system I can normally always rely on.

    I don’t think anything I say about this film could ‘spoil’ it! Awful!

  • MELlSANDREApril 25, 2017Reply

    Not Awful

    Gone are the days, if they were ever here, where you can look at an
    IMDb rating for a movie and judge that rating as true. Now, I feel I
    have to look at reviewer’s join dates and how many movies they have
    reviewed, and I’m not generally surprised to find ”New Users” doling
    out 8, 9 or 10 stars to movies that older, established (oooh, dare I
    say it?) REAL users have rated about a 5. Why is this? Simply because
    it all translates into, you got it! Money. Money, money, money! Money!
    And because most movies today have the option of being an impulse buy.
    There are little links on a lot of movies where you can rent it and
    watch after, mmmhhm, having read one of these stellar, but misleading
    comments. (Man, I wish I could insert sound here. There would have been
    a whau whau after that last sentence).

    THAT SAID, this is one movie I think (even though I suspect a little
    funny business with the rating) stands at the rating it should be rated
    as. 6.5.

    It is NOT a terrible movie. It is not great either.

    It actually had some very worthwhile moments, although unfortunately
    they were sandwiched between, and overlapped by, not so stellar
    moments.

    First of all, anyone who doesn’t know by now that going to watch a film
    with Kristen Stewart in it, means you are going to GET Kristen Stewart
    in it and nothing more, deserves the disappointment. Hello? Where have
    you been? Yes, she is equally as sullen and Kristen-like here as she
    has been in every single other movie she has been in. No. You never get
    a smile out of her in this either. Yes. She sighs continually
    throughout. Yes. She runs her hands through her hair much more than a
    normal person should do. HOWEVER … there are some scenes where she
    really does knock it out of the park.

    As for the story itself, its somewhat more difficult to explain. It has
    different elements that might not seem to be the best together, but
    somehow manage to work, or could have worked better had some of the
    plot not been as disjointed and jumbled as it was. There are parts that
    are confusing and it contains some scenes that really don’t add
    anything to the film.Oh, and for those of you who may think of this as
    an upside, you do get to see Kristen naked a couple of times, although
    you will have to sit through what seems like ages and pages of texts on
    a phone (literally) to get there. The premise, that of communicating
    with her departed brother was interesting, and I wish it had been more
    about that.

    Despite ALL the negatives I have listed, it is watchable especially if
    you are into movies of this type. ”This” being a kind of a modern day
    suspense film. It is NOT a horror film.

    It will not be a movie you will walk out praising, but neither will it
    be a movie you will disparage (too much).

    Did my review make sense? I worked hard making it just so. 🙂 Was it a
    little jumbled and just a bit convoluted, and yet (I hope) you are
    taking something away from it? If so, that is what you will feel about
    this movie.

  • henryzachApril 25, 2017Reply

    Kristen Stewart is impressive in this unusual and interesting film

    Lots of negative reviews on this film and I am not a big fan by any
    means of KStew. With that said I feel she really stepped up and
    delivered a great performance, maybe her best yet as a lead actress.
    Give this film a shot and don’t watch the trailer. The cinematography
    was great, the story and direction rock solid. Once you see the ending,
    think about it, what it again (the last 2 minutes.) It works for me.

  • Bross KyleApril 26, 2017Reply

    Different but not special

    I didn’t enjoy this movie as much as i enjoyed many movies of 2017 but
    i give it a higher score because it tried to be unique, and in many
    ways it is unique, no cliché whatsoever. The best thing about this
    movie is definitely Kristen Stewart’s performance but even that
    couldn’t keep me interested after a hour and a half. I got pretty bored
    with the last 15 minutes. This is not a ghost movie and it’s not for
    everyone,normal viewers no doubt will fall asleep.

    7/10

  • The CouchpotatoesApril 26, 2017Reply

    Failure!

    I don’t think there is much good to say about Personal Shopper. Well at
    least I can’t, how much I try, there is absolutely nothing positive
    that comes into my mind about this movie. The story is very slow and
    overly boring. You have to be a huge fan of Kristen Stewart to
    appreciate this movie. I wasn’t before and I’m certainly not now. She
    looks depressed all the time, for no good reason at all. Her facial
    expressions are just not what you expect from a good actress. In these
    modern ages all you see now are people texting or doing something with
    their stupid phones. Everybody becomes very boring because of their
    phones. So if I already have to watch those boring people in real life
    I certainly don’t want to do that when I watch a movie to relax. And
    that’s what you get for a long time in Personal Shopper, Kristen
    Stewart texting like she’s still a teenager. And that goes on and on. I
    have to admit I fought against sleep and at one point I lost. When I
    woke up I didn’t feel the urge of rewinding to the point where I closed
    my eyes. Because I couldn’t care less anymore about Kristen Stewart
    texting.

  • ArgemalucoApril 27, 2017Reply

    Personal Shopper

    While I was watching Personal Shopper, I remembered a phrase from the
    film Crimson Peak: ”This isn’t a ghost story, but a story with a
    ghost”. That is a perfect summary of Personal Shopper, with the
    exception that this tale includes two ghosts. Or more. Or none. I’m not
    sure, and I think that director and screenwriter Olivier Assayas wrote
    the screenplay with that intention. Even though Personal Shopper has
    abundant suspense, delicious shocks and disturbing events of a possible
    supernatural origin, it never feels like a conventional horror movie;
    on the opposite, the drama leads the story, focusing on the main
    character’s frustration for being caught into a world of ostentation
    and elegance she doesn’t share, and even though she would like to
    escape, she doesn’t know how to do so. All that explains the obsession
    she has with the ”spirit” which might offer the answers she’s looking
    for… What’s her destiny? Is there something beyond this life which
    will bring us peace? Or is this all we have, and we must learn to
    appreciate it? I someone interested in paranormal affairs, I have
    always been worried by the grey area between ”evidence” and
    ”coincidence”; Personal Shopper ventures into that uncertain region
    through a main character whose perspective might get distorted under
    the weight of the emotions she’s carrying. But before this seems a ”new
    age” pamphlet, I have to clear out the fact that Personal Shopper is a
    cynical and cold film, with that European style which discards any
    sentimentality and prefers a raw perspective of the characters and
    situations it examines… even if it’s something as ambiguous as
    ghosts. The only movie I had seen from Assayas was Demonlover, in which
    he had portrayed a similar elitist environment, rotten in the inside,
    but attractive in the outside, in which things aren’t what they seem
    (in this case, I can use that phrase without any sarcasm). The main
    character’s work as a ”personal shopper” might seem glamorous, but her
    daily reality is demoralizing, and it’s slowly erasing her identity;
    so, with so many external and internal pressures (besides everything,
    she also suffers from a medical condition which worries her), it isn’t
    strange for her to seek solutions in fantastic corners that are
    apparently more stable than her real life. Assayas piles up mysteries
    over mysteries, but they are somehow kept on the periphery of our
    attention, so, when we reach the enigmatic ending, we end up with more
    questions than answers. And even though Personal Shopper won’t be
    everyone’s cup of tea, I personally found it fascinating and hugely
    satisfactory, merging multiple genres under Assayas’ dreamlike vision;
    and with excellent cinematography, music and production design, whose
    details complement the surrealistic atmosphere and locations. In
    conclusion, I went to see Personal Shopper with neutral expectations,
    but it ended up being an unexpected pleasure, much more intense than
    many Hollywood thrillers, and more disturbing than uncountable hollow
    and forgettable ”horror” films. In summary: one of the most pleasant
    surprises I have had this year (and it doesn’t matter that I say it in
    April).

  • ardentblazeApril 29, 2017Reply

    A quality French Thriller

    Its not a mystery , horror or sci-fi movie. This movie finely flirts
    with all the geners. Beautifully shot and impressive acting. Some
    scenes were too long and never ending whilst others blunt and
    flinching. I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve actually
    enjoyed watching Kristen Stewart. She delivered an unflattering
    portrayal of the subject. And she made shopping almost feel like a
    aphrodisiac. The movie felt real.

  • ZDApril 30, 2017Reply

    9/10

    Review (1~5)

    #Content: Script 5 | Acting 5 | Cinematography 5 | Film Editing 5

    #Visual: Costume Design 5 | Makeup & Hairstyling 5 | Scenic Design 5 |
    Lighting 5 | Visual Effects 4

    #Sound: Score & Soundtracks 5 | Sound Editing & Mixing 5

    #Overall (1~10): 9

  • midas-jacobsApril 30, 2017Reply

    A good original story, with fantastic acting

    Kristen Stewart, a personal shopper for a famous, self-centered model,
    her twin brother has passed away with whom she’d made a promise to.
    This promise was that when one of them died, they would try to contact
    each other from the afterlife.

    The directing part of this film was quite interesting. The tone he
    chose for the film went from one to the other whereby it felt like I
    was watching multiple movies at once, but for some reason it really
    fitted with the film. Often when a film tries to be a lot, it fails at
    doing so, here they all just blended in together pretty nicely. And
    this is because they all lean back to the grief Kristen Stewart is
    going through at that moment, because that’s the main story line, even
    though it seems like it branches off into something else pretty early
    on in the film. Visually too this film was pretty good looking. There’s
    one scene in particular that I don’t want to spoil which looked really
    good, with some amazing and creative use of shadow. That scene was also
    filmed in one take and because the scene went on for quite some time,
    with some good camera movements it came over as something very
    impressive. Because of that it was also definitely the stand-out scene
    of the film. The director also put some items in frame, which can be
    seen, but mostly by the people who are really paying attention to
    what’s going on on screen and I really like when films reward those who
    pay attention. Olivier Assayas, the director of the film, did another
    cool thing, which I really liked. Normally in a mystery film they
    eventually let you have a shot which kind of gives you the last piece
    of the puzzle, where after you’ve solved the mystery. In this movie you
    don’t have that. The film challenges you to think about it, even when
    the credits have stopped rolling, and you’ll need that time to think to
    understand the film. He leaves a couple of questions unanswered at the
    end of the film, but after thinking about it, they’ll start to make
    sense. Olivier Assayas was also pretty good at setting up tense/scary
    scenes of which there are a couple in the film, but not enough to call
    it a horror film, which a lot of people suspected it would be: just
    your average ghost film, but it’s much more than that. But after
    something positive, something negative has to follow, namely that I
    didn’t really like the editing. The continuous fading to black for
    example felt really out of place and seemed to only be there to let you
    know that you’re watching an art house film. And there are a lot of
    transactions like that. The choppy editing at times also interfered
    with the smooth flow of the film, which is a shame. But at times the
    editing also worked in a good way, like when Kristen Stewart is texting
    with the unknown person, but more on that later.

    Another thing that managed to capture the feel of grief was the acting
    and I am talking of course about the absolutely fantastic acting of
    Kristen Stewart. Stewart is mostly known for her awful role in the
    Twilight series, in which she plays a basically emotionless human
    being. After that role, though, she’s gone on to choose better projects
    in which she got her time to shine. This film was one of them. Really,
    she’s one of the main reasons why you should watch this film, I was
    blown away by her performance and as the film progressed, she seemed to
    get better and better, because the movie challenged her more to portray
    this multi-layered and complex character as she went through more
    things that shape someone. Stewart was able to become her character and
    gave the best performance I’ve seen of her. The supporting cast was
    lesser good, at times even bad, but Stewart totally makes up for this
    and the supporting cast also isn’t seen a lot in the film, so this
    really wasn’t a big problem.

    The screenplay was pretty good and contained an interesting and
    unpredictable story, which was engaging as well. If it wasn’t clear
    from the part where I praised Kristen Stewart for her acting; the
    characters were good as well. The side characters were relatively flat,
    but Kristen Stewart’s was really well developed. That’s because she’s
    obviously the protagonist, but also because the writer wanted to show
    her loneliness in this world after the death of her brother, which is
    also a subplot that’s briefly discussed at times, or not necessarily
    discussed, but it is at least something that you can find in the
    subtext of certain scenes. (the loneliness, not the death of her
    brother, that’s brought up numerous times) I liked what they did via
    the medium of text messages and brought a certain sense of mystery to
    the film. These scenes were all very interesting to follow, which is
    quite weird, since we often only looked at a phone screen and Kristen
    Stewarts acting for around ten minutes. But the well directing, tense
    score and well editing, at those times, helped to create an intriguing
    but vague sequence at times. This was a very original and cool thing
    that helped to make the film different from anything else you can go
    see in theaters.

    In the end ”Personal Shopper” was a very good film, with some amazing
    acting from Kristen Stewart and some fantastic directing from Olivier
    Assayas, who also created an interesting, weird and original story
    which was also unpredictable. He made a movie-mash up of different
    themes which blended together nicely, because of the main theme: grief.
    That’s why this film gets an 8.1/10

  • Kay ReizigerMay 1, 2017Reply

    Meh at best

    Maybe its me but this movie was really nothing special, I don’t know if
    its Mrs Steward or the roles that are written for her but in almost all
    she kinda plays the same character. It’s pretty annoying, I truly would
    love to see her in a non fidgety kinda insecure, misunderstood, Doesn’t
    care about what the world thinks kinda role. But back to the movie, I
    feel it had the potential to be great but lacked the execution. Great
    camera work. However the texting is really annoying. Some aspects
    really didn’t make sense. Truly not something you’d want to see twice
    or think about much after.

  • LIEBENMay 2, 2017Reply

    I really, really wanted to like this movie. But no.

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  • 851222May 9, 2017Reply

    Unique, fresh and highly involving

    Greetings from Lithuania.

    ”Personal Shopper” (2016) isn’t like anything I’ve seen in some time.
    This is a fresh, kinda unique story / stories revolving about a young
    women, who works in Paris as a personal shopper for one famous fashion
    world star and at the same time she tries to reconnect with her passed
    away brother (who both are / were mediums). In the mix of this kinda
    unique set up some thriller / mystery story start and here we have
    ”Personal Shopper”.

    Now by saying that this is a fresh movie i mean it in a good way – at
    running time 1 h 40 min i was intrigued and involved into this movie a
    lot of. Acting by Kristen Stewart (who’s fan i never was) was simply
    great – this is by fan her best performance i think to date (i haven’t
    saw nor intend to see any of vampire flicks) – this is a true star
    making performance. Directing, pacing, writing, music all were great.

    Overall, while i’m afraid ”Personal Shopper” isn’t really for everyone
    i found this truly unique story superbly told. This movie isn’t for
    mainstream audiences, but those who are looking for some truly unique,
    fresh and just ”different” kind of story superbly made and acted – look
    no further then ”Personal Shopper” – this is a true gem.

  • soheyl-989-538572May 12, 2017Reply

    Avoid!! Prestentious!! Boo Boo!!

    1. The attempt to be artsy-vartsy is obvious from scene 1 itself. 2.
    The direction is pseudo-pompous, if you get what I mean… 3. Stewart’s
    acting is irritating to say the least. Her attempt to portray a morose
    character is overdone… 4. I sat through the movie because I have this
    obsessive habit of watching a movie in its entirety no matter how
    terrible it is. 5. The director is a pseudo-wannabe-artsy guy who is
    BORING BORING BORING!!!

  • Maryanne SmartMay 13, 2017Reply

    Beyond a slow burn, it never gets to a boil.

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  • Shahe DemirjianMay 13, 2017Reply

    Unsettling but worth to watch

    I am really confused how to address this movie in terms of genres. I
    cannot decide whether it is a tragic drama, a horror movie or a
    mysterious thriller. Steward was amazing in this, she was the perfectly
    chosen actress to play this role. Her transition from being a sort of
    Tomboyish to a woman with desires is marvelous, and her fear and
    courage mingled to do things is also well crafted. What bothers me is
    the missing links and the slow pace of the movie… It is really very
    long and has some slow scenes that could have made the movie a 90
    minutes movie at most. While the character building was taking a long
    time the action and thrilling scenes came late, they kept us falling
    for the Spiritual horror movie that ended up to be a weak psychological
    thriller. I loved the movie while I was watching it … I liked how we
    were moving to different capitals in Europe but it failed to make me
    give it higher than a 6/10. Watch it for it’s new idea and Stewart.

  • tigerfish50May 17, 2017Reply

    Shopping for Belief

    ‘Personal Shopper’ begins with a young medium called Maureen checking
    out the country house of her recently deceased twin brother for
    malevolent spirits. After this opening sequence, she returns to Paris
    where she works as personal shopper for a spoiled socialite called
    Kyra. Maureen has the same heart condition which killed her sibling,
    and despite extra-sensory perception, the loss of her twin has left her
    with weakened faith in an afterlife. As a consequence, Maureen endures
    humiliation from Kyra and separation from her boyfriend because she
    believes the city where her brother had died is the most likely
    location for a visitation from the spirit world.

    For a while the story proceeds at a leisurely pace with few of the
    usual melodramas of a ghost story. Tension gathers slowly with a
    background sense of unease until Maureen starts receiving ominous
    messages on her cellphone from an unknown source. This development
    increases the film’s pace and danger, while also pushing it toward
    another genre. ‘Personal Shopper’ doesn’t achieve greatness, but it
    does deliver some fairly sophisticated entertainment, a nice
    performance from Kristen Stewart and a satisfyingly ambiguous ending.

  • jtindahouseMay 19, 2017Reply

    A confusing film that Americans may struggle with

    Here’s a question: If you don’t understand a film, is that reason
    enough to hate it? That may be a tougher question than you first
    perceive it to be. The answer for me would be no – as long as you’re
    certain the film maker had an intention in mind. Stanley Kubrick was
    famous for this. His films were so intricate and convoluted at times
    that you could spend weeks studying the film without coming up with
    anything conclusive. I suspect ‘Personal Shopper’ is much the same in
    that regard. I quickly googled ”Personal Shopper explained” and every
    web page I went to had incredibly lengthy articles that put forth about
    5 different theories, none of which they were the least bit certain
    made any sense. Needless to say, this is not going to be a film for
    everyone.

    I suspect Americans in particular will struggle with this film for two
    reasons. Firstly, they tend not to like any ambiguity. They like things
    wrapped up in a nice little package by the end. ‘Personal Shopper’ most
    certainly does not do that. Secondly, it could be considered slow.
    There are very few moments of action in this film and there are quite a
    few drawn out and wordy scenes (plus a lot of reading of test
    messages). French films and American films are generally polar
    opposites in terms of style though, so there’s not a lot of surprise
    there.

    I’d have to say overall I enjoyed ‘Personal Shopper’ without ever
    loving it. I liked the mysteriousness it possessed. You are never
    entirely certain the direction the film is going to take next. Also
    there is some great innovation at times. One particular scene where a
    phone is taken off Flight Mode and a raft of text messages begin to
    arrive was particularly impressive. Definitely not a film for everyone,
    however I would suggest you’ll know whether you’re going to enjoy it or
    not by about the 15 minute mark.

  • prince movieMay 22, 2017Reply

    Complicated Story

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  • Panos242May 23, 2017Reply

    A strange and uneven film.

    This is a strange and uneven film. It has great moments due to Assayas
    classy direction which avoids the cheap solutions, the beautiful
    cinematography and an interesting approach regarding editing. Still,
    the screenplay has issues and the biggest of them is the metaphysical
    feature which does not fit successfully to all the other features of
    the story. Furthermore, the screenplay gets very descriptive while it
    should be more suggestive. Regarding Kristen Stewart, she is trying and
    she is trying hard in a difficult role, but at the most demanding
    moments she is not convincing. 5.5/10

  • opiostheloegoMay 23, 2017Reply

    Not memorable, unimportant film

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  • left_us_silentMay 26, 2017Reply

    A completely disconnected movie.

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