Tinged with magic and nostalgia, Hong Sang-soo’s liveliest film to date reveals a magnetic character study and a love letter to cinema.
During a business trip to the Cannes Film Festival, Manhee is accused of being dishonest and subsequently fired. Left in freefall, she meets a Polaroid toting teacher named Claire. They form a connection and revisit the café where Manhee was dismissed. As they rewind and replay these moments, secrets emerge and the healing process begins.
Claire’s Camera continues director Hong Sang-soo’s observational style of character study in charmingly awkward fashion, buoyed by the chemistry between leading stars Isabelle Huppert and Kim Min-hee. He plucks at memories with an irreverence that breeds acceptance, as well as the breezy conversations and droll sense of reflective melancholy. As autobiography and fiction blur, Hong wryly admits to the foibles of human relationships, and that the only way to change things is to look at everything again slowly.
Cast & Credits
Hong Sang-soo is one of the most prolific proponents of Korean cinema. Ever since his debut feature The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996), he has been delighting audiences with a steady output of films immediately recognisable for his casually effective cinematic direction and candid tales of coincidences.
Isabelle Huppert, Kim Min-hee, Chang Mi-hee
• Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, New Zealand International Film Festival 2017