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.
It's time for a young African American to meet with his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.
A cold-blooded predatory couple while cruising the streets in search of their next victim, will stumble upon a 17-year-old high school girl, who will be sedated, abducted and chained in the strangers' guest room.
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 portholes 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
Olivier Assayas didn't originally intend to make two consecutive films with Kristen Stewart. However, in 2015 he was working on a American production, which fell apart and subsequently created the script for this film in a short matter of time. In an interview, Assayas said he didn't think he would've written the Personal Shopper screenplay if he hadn't known Stewart. See more »
When Maureen was texting with 'Unknown', her texts are usually immediately seen and replied to. On her phone, it shows the time of when the text was read. However, some of the times shown are not logical.
There was a scene where her last text was read at 17:46 when she was still on the train. Then she sent a text, got on a scooter, and finally sent another text after she got to Kyra's home from the train station. But the 2 messages were seen in the same minute (17:57).
Right after that, she traded a few texts with 'Unknown' and it seems to have happened in a few minutes but the last text she sent in that scene was read at 19:01, more than 1 hour later from when she got home. See more »
[talking about her deceased brother]
So we made this oath... Whoever died first would send the other a sign.
A sign? From- from the afterlife?
You could call it that; you could call it a million things.
But... how do you know if it's a sign?
I'm a medium. He was- he was a medium. I'll just know it.
Have you... communicated with spirits before?
Um. Lewis thought they were... spirits. I'm- I'm less sure. But yes. Uh, somewhat.
[gets off the couch to smoke]
I mean there are invisible... presences......
[...] See more »
Gone are the days, if they were ever here, where you can look at an IMDb rating for a movie and judge that rating as true. Now, I feel I have to look at reviewer's join dates and how many movies they have reviewed, and I'm not generally surprised to find "New Users" doling out 8, 9 or 10 stars to movies that older, established (oooh, dare I say it?) REAL users have rated about a 5. Why is this? Simply because it all translates into, you got it! Money. Money, money, money! Money! And because most movies today have the option of being an impulse buy. There are little links on a lot of movies where you can rent it and watch after, mmmhhm, having read one of these stellar, but misleading comments. (Man, I wish I could insert sound here. There would have been a whau whau after that last sentence).
THAT SAID, this is one movie I think (even though I suspect a little funny business with the rating) stands at the rating it should be rated as. 6.5.
It is NOT a terrible movie. It is not great either.
It actually had some very worthwhile moments, although unfortunately they were sandwiched between, and overlapped by, not so stellar moments.
First of all, anyone who doesn't know by now that going to watch a film with Kristen Stewart in it, means you are going to GET Kristen Stewart in it and nothing more, deserves the disappointment. Hello? Where have you been? Yes, she is equally as sullen and Kristen-like here as she has been in every single other movie she has been in. No. You never get a smile out of her in this either. Yes. She sighs continually throughout. Yes. She runs her hands through her hair much more than a normal person should do. HOWEVER ... there are some scenes where she really does knock it out of the park.
As for the story itself, its somewhat more difficult to explain. It has different elements that might not seem to be the best together, but somehow manage to work, or could have worked better had some of the plot not been as disjointed and jumbled as it was. There are parts that are confusing and it contains some scenes that really don't add anything to the film.Oh, and for those of you who may think of this as an upside, you do get to see Kristen naked a couple of times, although you will have to sit through what seems like ages and pages of texts on a phone (literally) to get there. The premise, that of communicating with her departed brother was interesting, and I wish it had been more about that.
Despite ALL the negatives I have listed, it is watchable especially if you are into movies of this type. "This" being a kind of a modern day suspense film. It is NOT a horror film.
It will not be a movie you will walk out praising, but neither will it be a movie you will disparage (too much).
Did my review make sense? I worked hard making it just so. :) Was it a little jumbled and just a bit convoluted, and yet (I hope) you are taking something away from it? If so, that is what you will feel about this movie.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?