7:30 PM, 20th July, 2017
Every so often you get a movie that plays its cards very close to its chest. So much of the film remains open to interpretation, and what you are left with is mood and sensation rather than a simple beginning, middle and end that guides you comfortably through its world. Such a film is Personal Shopper. It features ghosts and an obsessive stalker... but it’s also a story of grief, and of wanting to be anything but who you are.
At the centre is Kristen Stewart, who plays an American in France whose brother has recently died. As they both believed in spiritualism, she’s looking for a sign that he’s still accessible in some kind of afterlife – but her quest for him leads her to find something entirely different.
Director Olivier Assayas has been around since the early ’80s, but his most recent films with Stewart (this and Clouds of Sils Maria) shows he’s lost none of his considerable edge. This is a major international work that’s getting its Canberra premiere at the ANU Film Group. Don’t miss out.