Maureen (Kristen Stewart) has what many would consider a dream job: as a personal shopper for ultra-star Kyra, she zips around on a scooter through the streets of Paris and buys the most exquisite, most desirable clothes and accessories money (a lot of money) can buy. But her life as a semi-personal semi-assistant is unsatisfying, and the death of her twin brother shakes her already-fragile psyche. The siblings, both born with congenital heart defects, had agreed that whoever died first would contact the one still living. When Maureen begins to explore her brother’s home and receive what she thinks are messages from him, her story quickly submerges itself even further in panic and despair.
Director Olivier Assayas is a former film critic turned filmmaker, and his encyclopedic knowledge of movie history lets him bring a cultured and Hitchcockian suspenseful aesthetic to what otherwise may have been a run-of-the-mill ghost story. Plus, he and star Kristen Stewart have worked together before, in his acclaimed 2014 Clouds of Sils Maria; together they know how to accentuate her desperate talent and unpredictability as an actress, and she really comes into her own in this puzzling, twisted thriller.