Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire)

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Claire's Camera adds another deceptively unassuming entry to writer-director Hong Sang-soo's oeuvre -- one whose lingering impact belies its brief length.



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In Claire's Camera, a philandering film director is again a major plot point and Kim Minhee, again the star. But this time the mood is light and airy as a summer breeze, thanks in large part to a lively performance from Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, Elle). Huppert plays Claire, a school teacher with a camera that might be magical on her first visit to Cannes. She happens upon a film sales assistant, Manhee (Kim), recently fired from her job and also meets So Wansoo (Jung Jinyoung), a film director whose one-night stand with Manhee was the reason for her firing. Beneath the humor and charm on the surface of Claire's Camera, Hong explores the power of images to transform us. "The only way to change things," says Claire, "is to look at them again very slowly."

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  • I'm not entirely sure why the film works. Its a blithe disinterest in telling a conventional story will leave some viewers, even discerning ones, feeling unsatisfied.

    May 3, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • At 69 minutes, "Claire's Camera" among Hong's shortest movies. But it feels complete, just the right amount of time to spend part of a weekend at Cannes with some charmingly dysfunctional people.

    Apr 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The actors are all terrific. Jung makes So so self-aware that you can, at least for a time, abide his abject selfishness. Nam is complex; she's difficult to like at first, but she has reasons for her behavior.

    Apr 19, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • "Claire's Camera" runs 68 minutes and is as slender and unassuming, in its own way, as a Polaroid. But you may emerge from it not feeling like quite the same person, either.

    Mar 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Hong is an acute observer of the subtleties at play in each interaction, of the tiny power shifts that can take place over the course of a conversation.

    Mar 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Claire's Camera is, like many of Hong's best comedies before it, amusing without necessarily being laugh-out-loud funny.

    Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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