Sang-soo Hong’s wry view of romantic misadventure draws ever closer to his own world in this latest film. Set at the Cannes Film Festival, Claire’s Camera was shot there in 2016, when lead actress Kim Min-hee and Isabelle Huppert were presenting The Handmaiden and Elle, respectively. Kim plays Man-hee, a film sales manager who is abruptly fired by her boss, ostensibly for dishonesty, though her drunken night with a filmmaker may have been a factor. Claire (Huppert), a teacher from Paris, walks around Cannes with her polaroid camera and after she approaches Man-hee for a photo, the two form a friendship, amusingly conducted in halting English.

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