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Claire's Camera

Hong Sang-soo
La caméra de Claire
France, South Korea  2017 / 69’
On the Beach at Night Alone

A charming and humorous film impression that takes place during a festival on the outskirts of Cannes. Fired by a jealous boss who has doubts about her honesty, Jeon Manhee (Min-hee Kim) wanders around the city in search of an idea about what to do further in life. She meets a French teacher named Claire (Isabelle Huppert), who is both melancholy and cheerful at the same time and who is taking Polaroid photos of passers-by, convinced that this is some sort of magic way to change their lives. Hong Sang-soo took advantage of the fact that both actresses were in Cannes to promote their films (The Handmaiden and Elle), and with his typical lightness rattled off a seemingly untroubled story filled with situational gags-and without a single bitter note. Alongside the atmosphere of a resort in the off-season, where everyone has chance encounters with everyone else and new friendships are quickly formed, is a reflection on the subject of art and the predisposition to be an artist, which the astute Claire seems to perceive in everyone.

Agnieszka Szeffel

Hong Sang-soo

Hong Sang-soo was born in 1961. After completing his studies in South Korea, he continued at universities in California and Chicago. He made his first feature film in 1996, The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well. Although often compared to the masters of French cinema, he is constantly developing his own style. The most important features of his work include an interest in moral dilemmas facing his characters, mise en abyme, and a subtle sense of humor. He is a favorite at international festivals. He has won numerous awards, including at Cannes, Rotterdam, and Locarno.

Selected filmography

2004 Woman Is the Future of Man / Yeojaneun namjaui miraeda

2005 A Tale of Cinema / Geuk jang jeon

2010 Hahaha

2010 Oki / Oki's Movie / Ok-hui-ui yeonghwa

2012 W innym kraju / In Another Country / Da-reun na-ra-e-seo

Cast & Crew

director Hong Sang-soo
screenplay Hong Sang-soo
cinematography Jinkeun Lee
editing Sung-Won Hahm
music Dalpalan
cast Isabelle Huppert, Min-hee Kim, Jang Mi Hee, Jin-young Jung
production Jeonwonsa Film Co., Camelia Film
sales Finecut
language Korean, French, English
colouration colour