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Directed by Hong Sang-soo • 2017 • South Korea, France
Starring Isabelle Huppert, Kim Min-hee
A refreshingly sunny performance from Isabelle Huppert is at the center of this comic charmer from South Korean master Hong Sang-soo. Huppert plays Claire, a schoolteacher with a camera (that might be magical) on her first visit to Cannes. She happens upon a film sales assistant, Man-hee (Kim Min-hee), recently laid off after a one-night stand with a film director (Jung Jin-young). Together, this unlikely pair become detectives of sorts, as they wander around the seaside resort town, working to better understand the circumstances of Man-hee’s firing—and developing new outlooks on life in the process. Intricately plotted with wit and charm to spare, CLAIRE’S CAMERA explores the power of images to transform us. “The only way to change things,” says Claire, “is to look at them again very slowly.”