Dog-tired on a Friday night, and I stumbled across this film on Netflix. I knew of it from a couple years ago but was one of those critically acclaimed movies that seems to evade wide-release. For instance, 2018’s A Private War falls into that pattern. I’m having to wait for the DVD release.
Thanks to Netflix, I didn’t have to rent Personal Shopper. And what a unique story this was from the director of Clouds Of Sils Maria, which also starred Kristen Stewart and made her the first American to win France’s highest acting honor for her supporting role.
In Personal Shopper, Stewart plays a … well, you guessed it …. personal shopper. Living in Paris, she has put her life on hold because her twin brother recently died from a rare heart ailment. He was a medium and she’s waiting for a sign from him. Along the way, we see how her brother’s friends are reacting and what kind of boss she has. And if that isn’t enough, a murder occurs to add a little psychological edge.
This is part ghost story. It is part mystery. Mostly, it is coming to terms with death and the twists that life throws in your path. This is a drama, low-key on the action, but it is intense. Very much Stewart’s vehicle, she holds your attention from start to finish.
I was wondering why watching this why I’ve always liked Stewart as an actress. And I think I boiled it down to two items. First, she deftly handles emotional range. It is almost like she changes gears in a slight of hand fashion. Secondly, she reminds you of someone you run into everyday. She is your co-worker. Your neighbor. A cousin. There isn’t that gulf that typically separates you from the Hollywood type. Hopefully, you get what I am saying.
One question though, can Stewart really text as fast as she does in this movie? I was impressed.
For a movie a bit off the beaten path, Personal Shopper, is worth the view. I give it a strong 4 of 5 on the rating scale.