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DRIVE MY CAR

Opens Wednesday, November 24

DIRECTED BY RYÛSUKE HAMAGUCHI

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A film about language, sexuality, trust, and infidelity “adapted by auteur Ryûsuke Hamaguchi from a short story by Haruki Murakami. DRIVE MY CAR is a head-on collision between an emerging filmmaker fascinated by the interior lives of women, and a famous author who…is not. But these two wildly disparate storytellers aren’t the only people vying for control of the wheel in this beguiling gem, as a third major player is soon introduced — legendary playwright Anton Chekhov. A low-key but lingeringly resonant tale. An intimate stage whisper of a film in which every scene feels like a secret.” – IndieWire

2021     180 MINS.     JAPAN     IN JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES   
SIDESHOW / JANUS FILMS

Reviews

“Murakami’s short story, Drive My Car, is a sleek, streamlined slip of a thing that nonetheless, in the author’s signature style, packs an awful lot into its lean sentences. (The film made from this story) is subtly entrancing… a deeply moving tale of grief, renewal and sheer driving pleasure. The supersized runtime is no obstacle to DRIVE MY CAR’s direct, misty-eyed emotional impact. In a performance of unassuming magnificence, Nishijima unlocks Yusuke via minute variations in expression and delivery, his virtually physicalized sadness shifting in temperature once shared… No less superb is Miura, whose tense, gaze-dodging demeanor unfurls and relaxes once behind the wheel… As their characters bend and bond, her melancholy comes to shape and steer the film as much as his. Hamaguchi’s filmmaking, always accomplished, reaches new heights of refinement and sensory richness here, principally in Shinomiya’s immaculate, opaline lensing.”
– Guy Lodge, Variety

“The story of grief, betrayal and the mystery of other people unfolds delicately. A cool minimalist film with a delicate third act in which emotions rise to the surface. (The filmmaker’s) ability to make the rehearsals for the play so intriguing is an art in itself.”
– Isabel Stevens, Sight + Sound

“An exemplary adaptation of a Murakami short story.”
Sight + Sound

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