For a while now, people have been coming around to the fact that Kristen Stewart is an exceptionally gifted actor. This has much to do with the fact that her post-“Twilight” body of work has skewed heavily toward the art-house crowd, a trend culminating this year with four different movies: Woody Allen’s “Café Society,” Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women,” Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper” and Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.” Kevin B. Lee, one of the most prominent voices in the video-essay field, has gone so far as to declare 2016 “The Year of Kristen Stewart” for Fandor.
It isn’t just Lee who’s taken notice of Stewart recently; nor, for that matter, is it her legions of Twitter fans who, in one of the strangest and most consistent of social-media phenomena, retweet and/or favorite any and all praise of the increasingly vaunted star. The Village Voice‘s Melissa Anderson recently wrote an incredibly eloquent piece on Stewart, whose performance in Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria” made her the first American actress to receive a César Award (France’s equivalent of the Oscars).
Lee calls that performance “revelatory,” saying that Stewart “seems not so much to be acting as transposing her real-life personality traits onto the wholly unaffected speech patterns and behavioral tics of her character.” Watch his brief video essay below, and read the accompanying article here.