So Beauty and the Beast might have hit cinemas on Friday, but so did Personal Shopper; a French made film starring Kristen Stewart and I got the opportunity to attend a screening last week. As I took my seat at the Picturehouse Central in Piccadilly Circus, I briefly googled the movie, to which I instantly deflated. A story of an American in Paris? I could feel my eyes roll to the back of my head. With the brooding, androgynous Kristen Stewart? Um no thank you.
But how wrong I would be.
A masterpiece created by French Director Olivier Assayas, the psychological thriller takes place in fast-paced Paris as Stewart’s Maureen plays a personal assistant to a French celebrity while simultaneously battling her own demons- she is looking for closure after her twin brother’s death. Amongst the glistening beads and designer heels a darker tale unfolds which will have you engrossed from the get-go; with Stewart’s performance an enthralling one.
Aesthetically, the sound was crisp, however a lot of the shots seemed unsure of themselves, almost shaky, reflecting Maureen’s psychological state. The audience could connect with the way she relied on everyday technology in her journey as a medium in order to connect with her brother, and the differences between her manager’s deluxe flat and the hovel she calls home were stark, yet beautifully done.
A multilingual movie with equal amount of French charm and chills, Personal Shopper explores escapism, forbidden desire, luxury fashion and the afterlife in just under two hours.
And whether Maureen manages to connect with her brother? You’ll just have to watch to find out…
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Have you seen Personal Shopper? What did you think?