Claire Simon came to cinema through editing. Récréations and Coûte que coûte resonate with others as the sign of the advent of documentary in French cinema.
Since then, she has alternated between documentary films for the cinema and fictions.
Claire Simon films the others around her as heroes: the children of Récréations, the stressed boss of Coûte que coûte, the child thief of Sinon Oui, the young girl on fire of Ça brûle, Mimi in love with women, Nathalie Baye family planning advisor of Bureaux de Dieu, Nicole Garcia’s passion for Reda Kateb in Gare du Nord, Stephanie who sells her charms in the Bois, young people assaulting the fortress of the Fémis in Le Concours, young high school students like Hugo who cry over the silence of their families, the son of the grocer and the mayor of a modern village, the passion of Swann Arlaud as Yann Andréa for Marguerite Duras in Vous ne désirez que moi.
At the same time, she taught at Paris 7 and Paris 8, and directed the directing department at the Fémis.