A Film by Oliver Assayas.
Oliver Assayas‘ (THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA) PERSONAL SHOPPER is a pretty bizarre mix between a ghost story and an ironic commentary on celebrity culture and hyper consumerism. Maureen (Kristen Stewart) is a young woman with a glamorous job. She shops for Lara, a star, or at least a starlet, who needs to have the newest haute couture. Maureen is also privately grieving for her brother who just died of a heart disease, a disease Maureen has as well. Her brother believed he was a medium, just like Maureen, and they both promised each other to send a message from the afterlife when one of them died. Maureen inspects the old house where her brother lived and tries to conjure up his ghost. When Maureen starts getting messages on her smartphone from an unknown sender who seems to know everything about her she believes that she is finally communicating with her brother. PERSONAL SHOPPER is a nervous film where nothing is neatly resolved which is in complete alignment with the heroine’s psyche. Maureen teeters between being on the sidelines of the world of glitz and glam and her somewhat misguided yearning for emotional “depth.” Those who expect a Lynchian link between gothic ghost story and glamour world alienation will surely be disappointed. PERSONAL SHOPPER is a very funny ghost farce and an accurate diagnosis of a generation caught between materialism and transcendental aspirations.
Translation: Elinor Lewy
Frankreich 2016, 105 Min., engl. OmU
Regie: Olivier Assayas
Drehbuch: Olivier Assayas
Kamera: Yorick Le Saux
Schnitt: Marion Monnier
Darsteller: Nora von Waldstätten, Kristen Stewart, Anders Danielsen Lie, Lars