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3.4
534 Ratings

Claire's Camera

Keul-le-eo-ui ka-me-la

Directed by Hong Sang-soo
France, South Korea, 2017
Drama, Comedy

Synopsis

Film sales assistant Man-hee is working in Cannes but is abruptly fired halfway through the festival. Now unmoored, she strikes up a friendship with Claire, a French teacher and first-time visitor to the festival. By chance, Claire also becomes friends with Man-hee’s boss and Korean filmmaker So.

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Claire's Camera Directed by Hong Sang-soo
Hong Sang-soo’s talent for creating small moments of beauty and sustaining a productive friction between what’s in front of the camera and the off-screen space creates a manifold experience that is frequently pushing the spectator out of the film in order to bring them back in with a different perspective.
May 24, 2018
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The mixture of the controlled and the (seemingly) casual is the hallmark of Hong’s mastery. Claire’s Camera is as tightly wound as any drawing-room comedy, yet it may be mistaken for a series of sketches that were made on the fly by friends and collaborators. This film alternatingly builds and releases tension, springing galvanizing sequences that appear to arise out of nowhere, in between eating and polite chitchat.
March 07, 2018
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Kim and Huppert are a delightful pair, but amid the cross-cultural bonding comedy that also defined Hong’s Huppert-starring In Another Country (2012), there is a resonant idea about the uses of images. A faintly magical figure toting around a Polaroid camera, Claire views her photographs not as an aide-mémoire but as a tool of transformation: “The only way to change things is to look at everything again very slowly.” The film, less slapdash than it seems, happily supports her claim.
July 03, 2017
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