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Learning to Drive

  • Starring: Ben Kingsley, Grace Gummer, Patricia Clarkson, Samantha Bee
  • Director: Isabel Coixet
  • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Romance
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 90 min.

Wendy (Patricia Clarkson) is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for a younger woman; Darwan (Ben Kingsley) is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor, and love in starting life anew.​

"[A] touching, insightful and, at the end of the day, extremely well-meaning film."
- Jordan Huffman, The Guardian
"A story of companionship, loneliness, resilience. It's a small, artfully crafted thing, but it resonates in big ways"
- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The keenly observed patterns of behavior and the witty, intimate dialogue pay off."
- Rex Reed, The New York Observer
"Learning to Drive is a richly observed, crosscultural character study that coasts along pleasurably on the strengths of its virtuoso leads."
- Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times
"Hungry for some grownup entertainment? Take Learning to Drive for a spin."
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

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