AndersonVision Best Films of 2017: #18 – Personal Shopper (IFC)
PERSONAL SHOPPER REVIEWED
“Personal Shopper” is one of a handful of ghost stories that debuted in America cinemas this year. While others dwelled on the nature of relationships, “Personal Shopper” followed the path of grief and realization. Kristen Stewart continues to astound in each new role she takes. But, in this film…she is captivating. Watching her grieving character make her way through Paris, as she comes to terms with the death of her twin is amazing. What makes this journey even more impressive is that her dead brother seems to be texting her throughout the trip.
Stewart’s character sorts through her twin’s abandoned home, walks the streets he was walking months prior and tries to mend her life to his world. All the while, the texts keep trying to guide her to a safer way of being. Stewart doesn’t break down in a way that you’d come to expect from actors in American film. She’s desperate to understand what’s happening, even as it seems she is losing her grasp on reality. When the truth finally comes, it doesn’t matter. The only matter is what Kristen Stewart can take away from the experience.
Naturally, people at Cannes booed the hell out of the movie.
- 1 hr and 45 mins