CLAIRE'S CAMERA is a far greater work than is likely to be widely acceded. That Hong Sang-soo is dumping so much on us of late may even mean that it will be overlooked and/or quickly forgotten. This is a feather-light work of covert weight. Shot on the fly, it feels like it is discovering itself, wresting itself from stolen moments. It possesses the convergences and strange accruals of the poetic universe.
I've heard the consensus is that 'Claire's Camera' is the less important or masterful of the two Hong Sang-soo films that premiered at the 2017 edition of Cannes, but this film's subtly fantastical meditation on art and art-making is significant in its own quiet way. For one, it suggests that taking pictures with a cheap polaroid camera is as artistic as directing a film and has more potential to precipitate change.