Kristen Stewart, Cannes 2016
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Kristen Stewart has teamed up with director Olivier Assayas once again, but this time her project might be a tad more polarizing compared to her last work with him, Clouds of Sils Maria.
Starring in Personal Shopping, Stewart debuted the new horror-fashion film at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Unfortunately, it was met with boos at the end—not because of the movie itself or the acting, but rather for its unclear ending. Personal Shopper stars Stewart as an American fashion assistant in Paris who half-believes she’s in contact with her dead twin brother. But for as many boos as there were, the ending also received cheers.
“It happens to me once in a while where people just don’t get the ending,” said Assayas at Tuesday’s press conference for the film. “For me, it’s the closest I can get to a happy ending. I’m sorry I can t get much further.”
Assayas later added, “When you come to Cannes, you have to be prepared for everything.”
“Everybody did not boo,” Stewart interjected. “Let’s be clear.”
Despite the boos, most critics agree Stewart’s performance is “magnetic” and “mesmerizing,” but some argue even her role can’t “save” the movie.
Stewart’s last project with Assayas earned her a history-making César Award. She was the first American actress to win the French prize. Trying to leave her Twilight past behind her, Stewart appears nude in the film, which was a decision she had no trouble making.
“I wasn’t afraid of [the nude scenes] I will do anything. I really appreciate all of it,” Stewart explained at the press conference. “The only way to really show someone who really couldn’t connect the dots was to show extreme versions of a person that wouldn’t typically go together…the movie is really about her finding herself…it’s an enormous identity crisis movie and I really leaned into that. I wanted to be the most naked person I could be…The only way to do that is to really get naked.”
As for whether she prefers ghosts or vampires, Stewart quipped, “ghosts.”