Cannes isn't all about red carpet moments and model-filled galas, you know. For the film buffs among us, it's also a barometer for discovering which films will be next year's Oscar contenders, which ones are worth adding to your watch list and which ones are worth waiting until they hit iTunes/Netflix/ [insert preferred digital service]. And while some films are deserving of the festival buzz that they garner, others, like Kristen's Stewart latest, Personal Shopper inspire quite an interesting reaction.
Earlier this week, news outlets were quick to report that Kristen Stewart's latest flick had left some critics so nonplussed that they were booing as the credits rolled. However, that wasn't the whole picture - according to The Hollywood Reporter it also received a four-and-a-half minute standing ovation. As Stewart clarified earlier this week, "Everybody did not boo. Let's be clear." Director Olivier Assayas added, "When you come to Cannes, you have to be prepared for everything. It happens to me once in a while, where people just don't get the ending." So that's settled then.
Personal Shopper is the second time Assayas has worked with Stewart - their first outing was Stewart's Cesar- winning turn in Clouds of Sils Maria, a naturalistic personal assistant role which the actress was widely praised for. This time, Stewart plays a disinterested personal shopper who is trying to speak to her dead twin brother beyond the grave. Labelled a ghost story, the accompanying trailer is haunting and, if we're honest, a little lonely. Stewart's lonely American girl in Paris has us spooked.
Personal Shopper does not have an Australian release date yet. In Other Kirsten Stewart related news, it's been confirmed that she'll team up with Chloë Sevigny for a thriller based on the real-life Lizzie Bordern murders.