The showtimes for this film are subject to changes or cancellations due to the ongoing situation with the Omicron Variant.
Dir: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Japan, 2021, 179 min.
Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tôko Miura, Reika Kirishima.
In Japanese, English, and more, with English subtitles.
Cannes Festival Winner, Best Screenplay. Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Picture. #1 Film on the 2021 Top Ten List compilation.
“Allow me to make a radical suggestion: The one film that demands to be seen on a big screen this year is a tiny little three-hour Japanese drama about grief, love and Chekhov… Adapting Haruki Murakami’s short story of the same name, Drive My Car follows middle-aged Tokyo actor and director Yusuke, who travels to Hiroshima to stage a multilingual version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Still struggling with the sudden death of his screenwriter wife Oto, Yusuke finds comfort, or at least a facsimile of catharsis, in his daily car rides to and from the theatre, provided by a quiet young local, Misaki, who is coming to terms with her own past. Hamaguchi… puts character and setting first, slowly but confidently moving the story along and gently pushing the tension when necessary without ever hitting its themes over your head. Formal but tinged with a classical sensibility, Hamaguchi’s drama hits in both expected and surprising ways. Take three hours out of your life, and enjoy one of the most fulfilling cinematic rides of the year.” – Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail