Flash Movie Review: Personal Shopper

DEATH for some people is not always a permanent state. These individuals maintain their bond to the deceased, though it is not necessarily reciprocal. They may talk to their loved one every day, bringing them up on current events or asking advice on an upcoming decision. I had a relative who went to see her mother every single day, having on hand her mother’s favorite coffee and sweet roll. She would park on the side of the road and walk over to a congested area of headstones. With her folding stool, thermos and the plastic bag that carried the sweet roll and napkins; she would sit by the side of her mother’s grave and pour each of them a cup of coffee. Setting the cup down on the headstone, she let her mother know she brought her favorite sweet roll; she placed the item on a small paper plate to then join the perched cup of coffee. This ritual took place every day and after she had spent an hour or two, she would drink up the coffee from her mother’s cup and ask her if she was done with her sweet roll. She would tear the sweet roll into pieces and once she was outside of the cemetery would scatter the pieces by a tree for the birds.     I am a firm believer whatever means a person needs to do to deal with death is fine with me; I do not judge or question. Everyone deals with death in their own way. Also, I feel anything is possible. Recently a friend of mine had died after a year long illness. After notifications went out to family and friends, a few days later out of the blue my friend’s cell phone rang with an unknown phone number. There was no one on the line when the call was answered. You want to talk about an eerie moment? Well someone close to the deceased who is in mourning could see the call as a sign. I could easily understand their thought process with this incident. If you choose to watch this mystery thriller, be prepared to experience something unearthly. Or is it really?     WORKING as a personal shopper Maureen Cartwright, played by Kristen Stewart (Certain Women, The Twilight Saga franchise), was convinced her deceased brother was trying to contact her. This film festival winning drama also starred Lars Eidinger (Everyone Else, Clouds of Sils Maria) as Ingo, Sigrid Bouaziz (Portrait of the Artist, The Tunnel-TV) as Lara and Anders Danielsen Lie (Reprise, Herman) as Erwin. I have not always been a fan of Kristen Stewart, but I have to say this was one of her best roles. She pretty much carries the interesting story. Watching this movie was like riding an amusement park’s roller coaster; not the big major ones, but the ones that give you a thrill but do not let your stomach move up into your throat. At first I was not getting settled into the story since the script kept things somewhat sparse. But then layer by layer I found myself drawn into the surreal story. I enjoyed the directing in this picture; but at times the script became muddled and fell apart. The concept of the story interested me overall, because as I said you just never know.


2 ½ stars    




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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 23, 2017, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. This type of subject matter intrigues me, I think I would enjoy this movie. Thank you for the review.

  2. Wasn’t a bug fan of Kristen either, but all her later work is quality. 😀

  3. Sounds intriguing! I’ve heard good things about this one.

  4. Hopefully Kristen Stewart has more expression in this than her usual fire hydrant stare! Just can’t get in to her acting and take her seriously even though I have tried a number of times. I cannae do it Captain! lol On a tangent note.. any chances of reviewing the sequel to Trainspotting T2 soon of Great Bard of Words and all that is film in this world? I loved the first one so I am wanting to see the second one but always appreciate a professional view of it even though I will still go see it lol. ~Cheers

    • As I told Joliesattic, even when Kristen is smiling she does not look happy. I am waiting for T2 to open near me; hopefully within the next week. Thanks for the comments.

      • Right?!?!!?! LOL It’s like watching paint dry and you’re waiting for it to crack a smile when the paint oozes down from too much being put on but never does and dries up like the San Andreas Fault! Ok, sounds good Bard, looking forward to what you think of it!

  5. I agree with progbeawer831. Kristen Stewart has a tendency to be same ol, same ol. A brooding, moody teen expression that get boring. Is she ever happy? Or will always be a dark cloud over her? From the trailer and your comments it may be worth taking a look at.
    Thanks so much for your review.

  6. I can not get into Kristen Stewart at all. I know I am not the only who feels that way. She seems to be sleepwalking through every role, She is very wooden. I think I have only seen her in a couple films that she was decent in.

    • I understand; as I said in the review I am not a fan either. Thanks again for the comments.

      • Well I keep waiting for her to surprise me.I think there have been maybe a couple performances that were okay, but could have really stood out, if acted differently by someone else.

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