Press Release Criterion Press Release: Personal Shopper (Blu-ray)

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    With this intimate supernatural drama, the celebrated French filmmaker Olivier Assayas conjures a melancholy ghost story set in the world of haute couture. Starring Kristen Stewart, whose performance in Assayas’s Clouds of Sils Mariamade her the first American actor to win a César Award, this evocative character study tells the story of a young American fashion assistant and spiritual medium who is living in Paris and searching for signs of an afterlife following the sudden death of her twin brother. A stirring depiction of grief in the form of a psychological thriller, Personal Shopper—which won Assayas the best director award at Cannes—is a chilling meditation on modern modes of communication and the way we mourn those we love.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

    • 2K digital master, supervised by director of photography Yorick Le Saux and approved by director Olivier Assayas, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New interview with Assayas
    • 2016 festival press conference featuring members of the film’s cast and crew, including actor Kristen Stewart
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Glenn Kenny
      • France
      • 2016
      • 105 minutes
      • Color
      • 2.40:1
      • English
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    I saw this in an honest to goodness movie theater a few months ago, and while I really liked it, I'm not necessarily recommending it, as the film doesn't really have a plot, or rather, doesn't seem to, in the first 20 minutes or so. In fact, the movie has lots of plot, even of the somewhat accessible variety, but it creeps in sideways, almost surreptitiously, in the process of what is kind of a character study of someone who is more interested in the possibility of spirits of the dead lingering in the present, therefore spending a long time looking for signs in old empty houses when she's not being a personal shopper for a Parisian television personality, than in the world of the living that is going on around her. Even though she is in that world of fashion boutiques and four star Michelin restaurants, she moves through everything like a sleepwalker, for her focus is elsewhere. Specifically, she is looking for signs of her recently deceased twin brother, and as the film progresses, the camera seems to take on his presence. If you can imagine THE UNINVITED crossed with elements from PSYCHO and directed in the style of Antonioni's L'AVVENTURA, that might give you some idea of what the film is like. And Kristen Thomas is incredible in that she manages to wrest an extraordinary amount of emotion and audience sympathy playing a seemingly passive character. She's really the whole film. So if you're a fan of hers (this is actually the first time I've seen her) you should definitely see this film.
     

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