Personal Shopper

Dir and screenplay Olivier Assayas. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Nora von Waldstatten, Lars Eidinger. 105 mins.

Kristen Stewart plays Maureen, working in Paris as personal shopper to supermodel Kyra, while trying to contact her recently dead twin brother, in this incoherent mish-mash of ghost story, thriller, and fashion shoot.

Is this a ghost story? A murder mystery? A stalker-thriller? The film doesn’t know, and, despite an excellent performance by Kristen Stewart, I found it hard to care. Assayas was co-winner of the Best Director Award at Cannes, and the film has received highly respectful reviews, mainly from male reviewers, whom I suspect of being bewitched by Kristen Stewart trying on bondage gear. None have seen fit to mention the gruesome and gratuitous murder of Maureen’s boss Kyra (Nora von Waldstatten), or maybe they all think, as the director seems to want you to think, that she deserved her bloody end.

It’s such a great title, and a great theme, that it’s a shame it’s been thrown away.

Note to director for future reference: watching another person receiving and sending text messages is as boring on film as it is in real life.

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