Featured: Anticipating ‘Personal Shopper’
Regarding the first half of the 2017, Personal Shopper is arguably my most anticipated film yet. I know this film has been out in theaters for some audiences already, but it’s one we finally have on our hands after patiently waiting for what feels like forever. Personal Shopper is director Olivier Assayas’ second collaboration with Kristen Stewart, who partnered for the 2015 film Clouds of Sils Maria, a film that should have earned Stewart an Oscar nomination. Assayas is a director that I need to see more of, but additionally to Sils Maria, I loved Summer Hours in 2009. The characters in his films are always fascinating and he has a remarkable ability to conjure fantastic performances that amplify his characters in great ways.
Speaking of performances, are we over the whole “Kristen Stewart in Twilight” thing? She’s a phenomenal actress and has an uncanny ability to emulate a vast amount of emotion in her subtleties and mannerisms. From Camp X-Ray to Still Alice to Cafe Society and Certain Women, Stewart is able to render fascinating characters that ooze from the screen. In fact, it was that magnetic component that got me through Billy Lynne’s Long Halftime Walk, a disaster of a film. Regardless of project, Stewart has transformed into one of the more compelling actresses over the course of the last 4-5 years, and personally, I eagerly look forward to everything she does. Personal Shopper has an intriguing premise already – and as mentioned above a great director – but adding Stewart to the mix pushes this to the top of my list.
Speaking of premise, Personal Shopper is essentially about a sister (Stewart) desperately trying to cope with her grief after the death of her twin brother. However, the film becomes more complicated than that, when “ghosts” become involved and mystery lingers as to how it all unfolds. Of course I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll leave it vague, but it sounds really great on paper, on top of the individuals involved.
All in all, if Personal Shopper lives up to the bill, it could go down as one of my favorite films of the year. We’ll see soon enough. Are you excited for Personal Shopper?
Here’s what else is coming to theaters this weekend:
Born in China
Free Fire (expanding)
Lost City of Z (expanding)
Let it Fall (limited)