Video is dubbed in Spanish. Olivier talks in French.
A thriller, a psychological drama, a fantasy, a mix of genres. That is how the film ‘Personal Shopper’ has been described. The star is Kristen Stewart. It is the second successive time the American was cast by the director Olivier Assayas.
Stewart won a César Award for Best Supporting Actress in his 2014 film ‘Sils Maria’.
Olivier Assayas wrote and directed Personal Shopper. It has been described as “wreckless and audacious” while Kristen Stewart’s performance was hailed as ““tremendous”“.
“I wanted to tell the story of someone who is rebuilding their life, someone who after a bereavement is rebuilding and I feel like those painters who use the colours they need here and there. So I feel like making something of a collage by which I mean all the tools I use are good all the means are good to tell what I want to tell and to make the viewer feel what I want him or her to feel,” the director told euronews.
Stewart plays Maureen a personal shopper to a demanding German super model. She is also a medium who is trying to connect with her dead brother.
“This is someone who is alone and just a person available to communicate with about someone who is not there. That is her brother’s friend who lives and works in Oman and with whom she communicates through Skype. She does research on the internet that becomes an extension of our own memory or knowledge,” explained Olivier Assayas.
Much of the success of the film is down to Kristen Stewart’s performance.
“She inspires the film, and then I can tell it in a different way, but the reality is that she inspired this character, I think she also gave me the ability to do it, that is, I think I would not have ventured into a project, a story, that has to do with the fantastic, with the invisible, where there are somewhat abstract things that I had to handle. And that, I would not have done it if I did not know that I had an actress who brings everything back to reality, someone incredibly realistic, physical, materialistic,” concluded the director.
At Cannes, Assayas shared the Best Director Award with Cristian Mungiu for his film Graduation.
Do you still have contact with her co-stars of "Twilight"?
So this is kind of impossible. Because everyone is very busy. They are working in several different places around the world. But the person I've never lost contact with is my best friend, Kristen Stewart ... We're always in touch with each other, we see each other a lot, even if it's fast, but we're always together.
What it was the craziest thing that happened during this journey of Twilight?
Where do I start…. Well, I have a lot to tell! But let me cite some crazy events. The first one went very early in the day, when some girls put their butts out in front of me, asking me to sign their panties. And that was too weird for me (laughs). I also had trips with fun and crazy adventures. Once Kristen and I went to Brazil, and there were about 4,000 girls trying to break into our hotel room. But they called the police and managed to get them all out. I have many memories of crazy moments.