Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper ★★★★½

“Cinema is about resurrection. Cinema is about dealing with your own ghosts and bringing them to life. Cinema can explore your subconscious and your memories, but mostly it allows what is lost to come back.” — Olivier Assayas

I promised myself that I wouldn’t tell Kristen Stewart about my dad.

I repeated that instruction like a prayer as I prepared for our interview. I didn’t want to make this about me. One of the first hurdles you must clear as a film journalist is accepting you are always the least-interesting person in the room. As I sat across from Stewart and writer-director Olivier Assayas in an empty Lincoln Center atrium on a rainy October afternoon, it wasn’t even close.

When you’re grieving, the dead always seem relevant. And when you’re talking about Assayas’ “Personal Shopper,” where Stewart’s character moonlights as a modern-day medium desperately trying to establish contact with her late twin brother, the dead always are.


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