Any movie with the name Personal Shopper says to us, “Let’s go buy a ticket! Maybe we’ll find out about some secret mega-brand sample sale!” While the new film starring Kristen Stewart certainly has its fashionista moments, it’s about much more than label lust and a romp along the Rue Cambon. Olivier Assayas, the director, has crafted a doozy of a thriller, that was filmed all over Europe last year, and recently debuted at the prestigious Toronto and New York Film Festivals. Stewart worked with Assayas before on Clouds of Sils Maria, and won the Cesar Award (France’s Oscar) for Best Supporting Actress for that part. In her new movie Stewart plays the role of a celebrity personal shopper, who is also a spiritual medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Paris home, determined to make contact with him.
To toast the movie’s debut at the NYFF Moet and The Cinema Society recently hosted a party at the Skylark. Turning up for the fete in addition to Stewart and Assayas; Michael Stipe, Cuba Gooding Jr, Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls), Josh Lucas, Dana Delany, Brady Corbet, Billy Magnussen (Bridge of Spies, The Big Short), Nikki M. James (BrainDead), Louisa Krause (Billions), Loan Chabanol, Geoffrey Fletcher, Ian Mellencamp, Simon Kirke, Peter Cincotti, Alex Lundqvist, Dale Moss, Daniel Benedict, Alexandra Kerry, Genevieve Bahrenburg, Lorenzo Martone, IFC President Jonathan Sehring, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir.
You know the audiences at the Cannes Film Festival can be very vocal about what they’re seeing and early reports of a mixed reception for Personal Shopper were followed by a Twitter-fest of updates on a four-minute standing ovation during a subsequent screening. Assayas even shared the Best Director Award (with Christian Mungiu) at the Festival, where Stewart also won raves for her part in Woody Allen’s Cafe Society. Although it’s a ghost story, Personal Shopper, unfortunately, won’t be out in time for Halloween, but rather next March. It’s worth the wait.