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Drive My Car (15)

9 October

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Key

  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

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Inspired by Haruki Murakami’s short story, Ryusuke Hamaguchi takes us on an unpredictable and self-revelatory journey in this serene yet riveting drama.

Theatre director Yusuke and his TV screenwriter wife Oto have a special bond as creative partners, sharing a life punctuated by private rituals. This is shattered by a sudden incident and the appearance of Yusuke’s new chauffeur Misaki and Koji, an actor from Oto’s TV series. As the film gradually peels back the unspoken layers of their marriage, parallels form with Yusuke’s ongoing production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.

As the title infers, much of the film takes place while driving, with Yusuke’s old red Saab becoming centre stage for the protagonists to reveal their innermost truths. Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe’s immaculate script, though visually austere, kept us on the edge of our seat throughout, eagerly anticipating the next epiphany. This is an intense and sensorially rich film, sustained by great performances and bold long takes. Thoroughly engrossing across its three-hour duration, Drive My Car shows us how intimate silences can amplify the truth and become part of the intricate evolution of a life story.

An engrossing and exalting experience. ★★★★★

The Guardian

London Film Festival screening

This screening is part of BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express. Information on the rest of the LFF screenings at GFT is available here.

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  • Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi
  • Cast Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tôko Miura, Reika Kirishima
  • Country Japan
  • Year of Production 2021
  • Langage Various languages with English subtitles
  • Running Time 2h59m
  • Certificate 15

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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