WHAT WE THINK:
(2.5 / 5) – A film that gets lost overloading its own core.
JUST A FEW WORDS (IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT):
Personal Shopper, Olivier Assayas’ 2016 film, is in our opinion a film that tries, in vain, to hide the heart of the story with all its strength, to make it more interesting, but that in doing so loses its own power.
Basically, it’s a film about the mourning and grieving process following the death of a close person. The mysterious character is recreated using, in a rather coarse way, the concept of the phantom (in the most psychological sense of the term). The film is resolved in the realization of being alone after the disappearance of a loved one (“Am I alone?” “Yes”).
One thing we deeply detested is the rather arbitrary (but omnipresent) use of the black dissolve transitions (which then resolve into the white one in the awareness of the mourning process).
The feeling that the film gave us at this first viewing is that there was the director’s willingness to overload, almost as if he didn’t trust his own story, when actually the emotional fire of the film was already there, without the need for ambushes of other, frankly useless, plot lines.
Ah, and yes! We know that this film allowed Assayas to win the directing award at Cannes. And no! We don’t share the view of the jury.
But we also know very well how the subjectivity of any film reception potentially makes completely useless any attempt of “objectification” that a prize like this would like to offer. And that this, after all, is just another subjective “review”.
- Kristen Stewart’s performance is absolutely stunning.
- A certain willingness to use the audiovisual language not in a lazy way (original way? we don’t think so).
- Too many things. Why not focus on the core?
- The fades in black.
- The desire to make the presence of the grieving process as a phantasmatic presence collides with irreducible inconsistencies (who drops the glasses?).
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