IR BD Review: PERSONAL SHOPPER [Criterion Collection]

The continuation of Kristen Stewart approaching material that is both poignant and self reflexive continues with “Personal Shopper” directed by Olivier Assayas who also directed her in her Cesar award winning performance in “Clouds Of Sils Maria”. This tome has a slightly more supernatural tone but always off screen (for the most part) and below the surface but works with Stewart’s almost retreating delivery. She almost doesn’t want to let the audience in but then in certain moments of vulnerability and poignancy lets herself go. The irony of “Personal Shopper” which Assayas wrote for Stewart is the fact that many designers want to dress her and here she plays a girl who shops for a famous celebrity and longs to wear the clothes but never takes the chance. The film does use the texting element of a unknown stalker who might be her twin, a would be murderer or possible romantic interest quite liberally. While at times a slightly lazy plot device, it intersects with the idea of being invisible in plain sight which thereby works for the progression. The final resolve, like all good films (European or otherwise), is that it leaves the viewer with a question to the nature of the lead character and her state of being (or unbeing) as it were. The interview included with Assayas speaks to the reflexive nature of what the film proposes while the Cannes press conference shows Stewart as well as fellow cast members. Again in responding to the press, Stewart both tries to stay forthcoming while protecting a little bit of the mystery for her. For that reason, the interceding paradox of the art works to admirable effect in “Personal Shopper”.


By Tim Wassberg

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First Look: THE RUNAWAYS One Sheet – Apparition

Apparition just provided IR with this one sheet from “The Runaways” starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning which is premiering at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

First Look: Joan Jett & Her Runaways @ 2010 Sundance Film Festival

IR captured Joan Jett, her co-Runaways band collaborator Cherie Currie and “The Runaways” stars Dakota Fanning (who plays Currie) and Kristen Stewart (who plays Jett) at the Skullcandy Sessions @ Sundance featuring Joan Jett & The Blackhearts at Harry O’s celebrating the festival premiere of the film.