Kristen Stewart plays Maureen, who, as you may be able to guess, is a personal shopper in Paris. She works for a wildly famous model, Krya (Nora Von Waldstatten) shopping for her clothes, jewellery and meeting all the needs Krya doesn't have the time for. Sounds boring, right? Well, this also happens to be a horror movie. A ghost film, to be exact. By night, Maureen is a medium, spending her nights in the house her recently deceased brother died in, looking for signs that he's there with her. On top of that, she's receiving terrifying text messages from some who she believes to be her brother.
You won't be jumping out of your seat or cheering, but it will have a lasting effect on you. Sometimes the film slows down and can be a tad bit dry, but it never lasts longer than a few moments. The film is a real slow burn, but it's time that's well invested. A good chunk, maybe even a whole third of the film, is literately just a phone screen, followed by Maureen's reaction and response to the texts. That may sound boring, but it's enticing. One of the most suspenseful scenes in the film is quite literally just Maureen reading text, so much so that I almost looked away from the screen. When you do see the ghosts, which the film wastes no time getting to, they're hauntingly yet beautifully shot. Some of the cooler looking ghosts in film recently.
This is a bold film, too. You could get away with calling it weird. It follows no molds of any genre or style and it may be hard to follow. My only real criticism with the film is that it took awhile for me to get hooked. For the majority of the first act, I had no idea exactly what was going on. The film has layers that aren't peeled back for you, you have to use your brain and sometimes, have to come to your own conclusions. Once I was in though, I was in, all the way up until the finale, which is just as bold and original as the rest of the film. The ending may seem flat to some, but those invested in the story will find a lot more beyond what is (or isn't) shown.
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