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Personal Shopper: Ghost thriller meets workplace drama with riveting result

Kristen Stewart in Personal Shopper.

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4 out of 4 stars

Title
Personal Shopper
Written by
Olivier Assayas
Directed by
Olivier Assayas
Starring
Kristen Stewart, Nora von Waldstatten and Lars Eidinger
Genre
Drama
Classification
14A
Country
France/Germany
Language
English/French/Swedish
Year
2016

Olivier Assayas's latest film, the genre-composite ghost-story thriller meets slow-burn Kristen Stewart-starring workplace drama, is a riveting, impossible-to-shake masterwork that leaves the audience spooked, not by its telling but by its commitment to abstract themes of grief, solitude and coming of age.

Stewart, who plays a young American living in Paris, remarkably navigates the loss of her character's twin brother while seemingly communicating with spirits, all the while juggling the demands of a celebrity boss's idiosyncratic wardrobe needs. It's a film you must see, perhaps not to understand, but to experience interactively, as the most haunting type of exchange: one that doesn't suppose closure.

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