Kristen Stewart has been everywhere at Cannes over the last week, first for the premiere of the upcoming Woody Allen film Café Society, and most recently for the debut of Personal Shopper, her second film with director Olivier Assayas.
The duo’s first collaboration, 2014′s Clouds of Sils Maria earned Stewart the biggest accolades of her career, including the César Award for Best Supporting Actress, which made her the first American actress to win at the French equivalent of the Oscars.
So needless to say, expectations were through the roof for Personal Shopper, in which Stewart plays, well, a personal shopper. But, this isn’t a film about the high stakes world of clothing celebrities. The film switches gears when Stewart’s character attempts to communicate with the spirit of her brother, who recently passed away.
The just-released trailer hints that it’s a psychological thriller, but more in the vein of a European art house films than what we’re used to seeing here in the States.
Much like Clouds, the reaction out of Cannes has been hugely polarizing. Boos echoed through the theater after the lights came on at a recent screening while some critics noted that it’s Stewart “at her very best.”
We’re hearing that it’s the film’s ending that has people so divided, something Assayas and Stewart both addressed. “It happens to me once in a while, where people just don’t get the ending… For me, it’s the closest I can get to a happy ending. I’m sorry I can’t get much further,” Assayas said. “Everybody did not boo. Let’s be clear.”
Well, that’s a start. Watch the first trailer for Personal Shopper, below.