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Picture Claire is a 2001 thriller film directed by Bruce McDonald of a screenplay by Semi Challas. The film stars Juliette Lewis, Gina Gershon, Callum Keith Rennie, Kelly Harms, Camilla Rutherford, Peter Stebbings, and Mickey Rourke. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festivalmarker, and also appeared at Cinefest in Sudbury, where the film received Best Ontario Feature Award. Lewis stars as Claire Beaucage, who gets in way over her head when she's in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Claire (Juliette Lewis) is a woman from Quebecmarker who gets in trouble with the vengeful heroin dealers she helped finger. They retaliate by burning her out of her apartment. Frightened and in need of refuge, she heads to Torontomarker for to stay with ex-lover photographer Billy Stuart (Kelly Harms). She speaks only French, she understands little English and speaks even less, she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time all too often. Clairehas difficulties finding Billy but continues her search for him as the cops continue to search for her. She finally finds his gallery along with some photographs that he had taken of her in her sleep, he knew she hated having her picture taken. The exhibition of his work is opening and it seems to consist mostly of pictures of her.

Mickey Rourke played sleazy gangster Eddie and Gina Gershon portrays his tough-as-nails moll Lily Warden.


Actor/Actress Role
Juliette Lewis Claire Beaucage
Gina Gershon Lily Warden
Mickey Rourke Eddie
Callum Keith Rennie Laramie
Kelly Harms Billy
Tracy Wright Det. Sweeney
Camilla Rutherford Cynthia Lacey
Raoul Bhaneja Det. Lee
Barbara Eve Harris Patricia


Intended to be released to theaters, the film never found a distributor, so Picture Claire was ultimately released direct-to-video or premiered on television like in Netherlandsmarker. Reviews for Picture Claire were mixed, but mostly negative. Jason Gorber from stated that Bruce McDonald directs a mostly American cast in a staunch Toronto film. and gave it "fresh" rating. Film Rated R for violence, language and nudity by MPAA. Film's working title was Claire's Hat

Overall, people who watched the film found this movie "Great acting amazing film with Potential of Cult-Movie"


Mostly filmed in Toronto, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker. During location filming on a Toronto street, a woman was arrested for causing a disturbance after the filmmakers called for silence and she refused to stop blowing a whistle.. Segments of the film were shot in Kensington Market, including inside Shampoo Hair Studio on St. Andrew St., which was rented and converted to look like a donut shop.



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