In Personal Shopper, Kristen Stewart plays a woman who experiences an array of seemingly supernatural phenomena during a film which EW reviewer Leah Greenblatt described as a “mash-up of supernatural horror, celebrity satire, and stylized art-house ennui.” So, is this just-released film a genre movie? In a new video, writer-director Olivier Assayas argues that is not the right question to be asking.
“I always feel uncomfortable when it comes to talking about genre cinema because it’s as if it was inferior, as if it was codified, uninspired, etc,” says the filmmaker. “When I look at the films of John Carpenter, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, or Dario Argento, I feel like, in a way, what we call ‘genre’ cinema deals with humankind, with our dreams, our fantasies, our fears, in a more profound, truthful, and intimate way than some psychological or realistic films.”
Watch the trailer for Personal Shopper below and the full interview with Assayas, which comes courtesy of UniFrance, above.
Personal Shopper is now on limited theatrical release.