Academy Award® nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award® winner Ben Kingsley star in this feel-good, coming of (middle) age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life’s road blocks—festival circuit favorite Learning to Drive, which was chosen the Audience Award runner-up at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Wendy (Clarkson) is a fiery Manhattan book critic whose husband has just left her for another woman; Darwan (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.
Cast: Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson, Jake Weber, Sarita Choudhury, Grace Gummer.
Director: Isabel Coixet
In Theatres August 21, 2015
All media credit: Broadgreen Pictures, Linda Kallerus/Broad Green Pictures