OK, sure, but I don't think Assayas is particularly feminist in his outlook. At least not in a way I recognize. (Although I've only seen seven of his films.) I'm not complaining! But it's only the murder subplot that really cries out for a female protagonist. As for the clothing, see below.
I don't think he's a strict feminist either, but I suppose I couldn't help but use a feminist lens when watching this film, and thus my reaction. I don't think of it as a flaw of the film nor of Assayas, just a personal reaction I had in my head.
Yeah, it got to me, too. And the broken glass is another mystery. I suppose that even though she doesn't get the answer she wants from her brother, her mediumistic abilities are still "true" in the film? That would mean the hostile female ghost and the man in the kitchen are there because she is??
Yes, the glass, of course, cannot be logically explained, which I love. It reminded me so much of the beautiful shimmering light in Veronique
What do you mean they are "true"? Can you expand on that?
As to whether the ghosts are there because she is, well, I suppose so. That would be implicit in the definition of a "medium". Her presence brings them about. However, it depends how you think about these ghost experiences. If you choose to accept the supernatural in the film as what it is, then there's that; if you choose no see the supernatural as subjective psychic projections (as Assayas does!), then that changes things as well.
Overall, I think the fact that she calls herself a medium brings her closer to her brother--as in they share similar abilities or capabilities (although she claims she's not as good as him). But it also may tell us something about her inner life? Though, I don't know what.
I think she has fashion sense, obviously, or she couldn't do that job. But she's chosen to reject it for herself. Sort of like a writers' acute observations of people very different from themselves. When she tries on the clothes, I think she's attracted by the rule-breaking and the autonomy that comes with it. But, she's not changing her personal style, which would be really strange, I think. Again, her androgynous style could have something to do with her twin-hood. But it wouldn't have to.
She does clearly have this knowledge, but to me it doesn't come off as if she would. I mean, I wouldn't expect it. And, to me, it's not clear that she's either rejecting it, or repressing it. Desires are often repressed and she clearly has these forbidden desires that are trying to come to the fore. They do come to the fore throughout the film. Or, perhaps her desire is just to break the rules?