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Drive My Car

Doraibu Mai Kâ

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi | 2021 | 179 MINS
Japan | Subtitles
No.3 on the Sight & Sound Best Films of 2021

A theatre actor mourning the sudden death of his wife and coming to terms with her numerous betrayals forms a bond with the emotionally shuttered young woman who is hired to drive him during a residency in Hiroshima.

FROM 18 Feb

Date and Times

Fri 18 Feb

In Detail

Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, Yûsuke is directing a production of Uncle Vanya and hires Misaki to drive him around in his beloved Saab turbo. The car takes on a unique role in the film and becomes a kind of confessional box on wheels as the actor and his chauffeur begin to bond, revealing their pains in the smallest increments, an unlikely couple finding common ground.

An ambiguous, absorbing psycho-sexual drama that’s not for the impatient, but it’s so precise and delicate, you won’t notice the gear-changes.

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