I don't care about the Oscars. I don't watch those movies. I'd rather watch the Independent Spirit Awards. That's where a movie like this might show up. Unpredictable, charming, lots of interesting characters. Being a film nerd, it had plenty of references for me to enjoy.
I'm in film school, so naturally I love this behind-the-scenes take on making a film. Brutal finale. As with most Japanese piece on MUBI, the culture and personality traits of young Tokyoites shine through.
When you make a movie about a movie you can get away with a few things: rampant romance tropes, cliché subplots, blatant self-reference, and maybe even murder. "Who's Camus Anyway?" stands on the titular author's philosophical novel "The Stranger," in which a man murders without apparent reason. Was the act sane? Insane? Was it right? Wrong? ->
Fun pseudo-noir that's a joy for film buffs. This is one of my favorite kinds of movies, a flick with a lot of distinct characters having conversations about things they enjoy. Plus the "campus film" aspect I really enjoyed.