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Personal Shopper (2016)

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A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.

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Olivier Assayas

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Olivier Assayas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Stewart ... Maureen
Lars Eidinger ... Ingo
Sigrid Bouaziz ... Lara
Anders Danielsen Lie ... Erwin
Ty Olwin ... Gary
Hammou Graïa Hammou Graïa ... Detective
Nora von Waldstätten ... Kyra (as Nora Von Waldstätten)
Benjamin Biolay ... Victor Hugo
Audrey Bonnet ... Cassandre
Pascal Rambert ... Jérôme
Aurélia Petit Aurélia Petit ... Chanel PR
Olivia Ross ... London Fashion House PR
Thibault Lacroix Thibault Lacroix ... Paris Fashion House PR
Calypso Valois Calypso Valois ... Photoshoot Assitant
Benoit Peverelli ... Photographer
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Storyline

It's been already three months since the sudden death of her 27-year-old twin brother Lewis from a congenital malformation of the heart, and Maureen, a young fashionista, assistant to a celebrity woman and a capable medium, still hasn't made any contact with him. Spending her time between high profile fashion establishments and the abandoned Lewis' house in Paris, Maureen is silently battling with the gut-wrenching grief and sorrow, while at the same time, looking for a sign from her deceased brother after an oath taken between the twins. Aloof, disoriented and still mourning, wraithlike Maureen attuned to the ethereal realm, is inevitably caught between this world and the spiritual, always looking for portals and a sign that would prove her brother right, however, in vain. Unexpectedly, as the days pass by swiftly and the random apparitions become more frequent, Maureen will start to receive strange text messages from an unknown sender who seems to know a lot about her, but in the ... Written by Nick Riganas

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language, sexuality, nudity and a bloody violent image | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | French | Swedish | German

Release Date:

10 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Personal Shopper See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,175, 12 March 2017

Gross USA:

$1,305,195

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,840,408
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.40 : 1
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Trivia

Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Nora von Waldstätten and Benoit Peverelli previously co-starred in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria (2014). Waldstätten and Olivia Ross also co-starred in Assayas' Carlos (2010). See more »

Goofs

When Maureen is texting, her texts are frequently answered immediately, usually in less than one second. There is no time lag built in for the other person to read her text and type in their response. This goof is probably intentional. Building in a time lag for the other person to read/respond to her messages would considerably slow down the pacing of the movie, so responses to her texts were probably prepared in advance and sent immediately. See more »

Quotes

Maureen Cartwright: [talking about her deceased brother] So we made this oath... Whoever died first would send the other a sign.
Ingo: A sign? From- from the afterlife?
Maureen Cartwright: You could call it that; you could call it a million things.
Ingo: But... how do you know if it's a sign?
Maureen Cartwright: I'm a medium. He was- he was a medium. I'll just know it.
Ingo: Have you... communicated with spirits before?
Maureen Cartwright: Um. Lewis thought they were... spirits. I'm- I'm less sure. But yes. Uh, somewhat.
[gets off the couch to smoke]
Maureen Cartwright: I mean there are invisible... presences......
[...]
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Thematically strong, although slightly under cooked and caught between genres
23 March 2017 | by h-english-329-216405See all my reviews

At times I feel giving this film a 7 seems generous, but overall it's probably deserving of that score. The story lulls around a bit longer than it should and I definitely grew disengaged during certain periods of the story. However, I do believe the core concept is fairly strong and Kristen Stewart's performance is as well;having seen Certain Women only the other week, I now find myself wholly impressed with her acting ability.

Basically, Maureen (Kristen Stewart) believes her recently deceased twin brother is trying to communicate with her because they had made a pact that whoever was to die first would send the other a sign to indicate that all is well and they are at peace.

The mystique of the film, as you might imagine, is if Maureen is engaging with a malevolent spirit or a peaceful spirit; her brothers spirit or even a spirit at all. This ambiguity is reflective of Maureen's own disillusionment with an unfulfilling career and life, as well as her mourning.

Personal Shopper sort of falls between genres and because of this it doesn't really satisfy fully as a drama nor a mystery. For me, it plays best as a narrative on grief and a characters search for identity. In this regards, the film offers an original take on those themes.


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