It's certainly not an uninteresting film, and parts of it are as hypnotic and fresh as anything Assayas has ever done. The ending (or series of endings, really) is the weak point for me. The film just... keeps... going... long after I was ready to wrap things up. The very last section feels so out of place that it must be part of a larger thematic design that I completely missed - it's baffling. Otherwise, the CGI ghost work isn't necessarily poorly done, but it does strike me as an unfruitful addition to Assayas' cinema, at any rate. I did
really like the long texting sequence on the train from Paris to London and back - it allows Assayas to do what, in my opinion, he's best at - filming the sleek and empty surfaces of capitalist modernity. In fact, about the ending,
Assayas simply could have cut to black following the 'ghost' making its way out of the luxury apartment building in Paris through its automated doors - now that is a powerful image full of all kinds of meaning, seeing these empty spaces with an invisible force moving through them. Instead the movie keeps going in order to give us - what, closure about Kristen Stewart and her brother's relationship? Not a knock on anyone involved, but it's not like I was really invested in that. Why the film then continues on to Morocco, I have no idea.