In Olivier Assayas’ new film, Personal Shopper, Kristen Stewart is the titular Maureen Cartwright, an enigmatic woman who can communicate with ghosts and whose real life job is to keep her jet-setting employer in high fashions. She is a character caught between worlds — the physical and the ethereal. On screen for all of the film’s 110 minutes, the actress’s cool, detached, yet subliminally anxious persona neatly suits this story, which explores how presence and absence influence our lives in different ways. It is also about how we communicate with one another, form identities, and deal with relationships of various kinds: face to face, mediated through technology or, taking a leap into another genre, contacting the spiritual and the supernatural.
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