Kristen Stewart plays Maureen, a personal assistant to a celebrity, fed up with her job while dealing with the recent passing of her brother.
Before his dying, the brother pledges to make contact afterwards in the event of his death, so Maureen spends some time in his old house, where a spirit seems to be present. She starts getting mysterious text messages, and slowly finds herself having direct contact with ghostly spirits and/or completely losing her mind.
Part ghost story and part psychological drama, the film is directed by Olivier Assayas, who got a powerful performance out of Stewart with Clouds of Sils Maria, and the same happens here. Stewart continues her string of impressive choices, eschewing huge Hollywood projects in favor of more daring projects.
The film contains its share of supernatural moments, but there’s far more beneath the layers than Maureen simply speaking with ghosts. Credit Stewart and Assayas for making something simple like a text exchange truly compelling. There’s also a true eeriness to the scenes where Maureen may or may not be coming into contact with the dead.
Stewart carries this movie, and shows that she is one of the better actresses of her generation, yet again.