Learning to Drive

Release date:August 21, 2015
(limited)

Studio:Broad Green Pictures

Director:Isabel Coixet

MPAA Rating:N/A

Screenwriter:

Starring:Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson, Jake Weber, Grace Gummer

Genre:Drama

Plot Summary:

Wendy (Clarkson), a successful and self-obsessed book editor, comes home to her New York City brownstone one day to find her husband Ted (Jake Weber, also appearing at the Festival in Hungry Hearts) leaving her — again. But this time it's for good, and Wendy's initial denial turns into grief, anger, and a hard determination to become self-sufficient. That means learning to drive so she can visit her daughter Tasha (Grace Gummer) at college in Vermont. Wendy's determination wavers when she's faced with the confusing reality of an automobile dashboard, but fortunately she has Darwan (Kingsley), the world's most conscientious driving instructor. As Darwan guides Wendy through her automotive education, his patience invites her to open up about her problems. In turn, Wendy's volatile feelings about her changing marital status serve to highlight Darwan's deeply private concerns about his own impending marriage, and their relationship evolves in unexpected and touching ways.