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  • Dir. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
  • Japan
  • 2021
  • 179 min.
  • NR
  • DCP

In Japanese (and other languages) with English subtitles

  • Assistive Listening
  • Subtitled
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Best Picture Marathon. Click here for the Chronological Schedule.

In addition to its Best Picture nomination, DRIVE MY CAR is nominated for Best International Feature Film, Director, and Adapted Screenplay.

Two years after his wife’s unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of “Uncle Vanya” at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There, he meets Misaki Watari (Toko Miura), a taciturn young woman assigned by the festival to chauffeur him in his beloved red Saab 900. As the production’s premiere approaches, tensions mount amongst the cast and crew — not the least between Yusuke and Koji Takatsuki, a handsome TV star who shares an unwelcome connection to Yusuke’s late wife. Forced to confront painful truths raised from his past, Yusuke begins — with the help of his driver — to face the haunting mysteries his wife left behind. Adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short story, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s DRIVE MY CAR is a haunting road movie traveling a path of love, loss, acceptance and peace.

“Hamaguchi has made a profoundly beautiful film about making peace with the role in front of you, and playing it with all your might.” Robbie Collin, Telegraph

“A perfect amalgamation of mood and meditation.” —Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express

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