Archive of films Learning to Drive / Learning to Drive

United Kingdom / USA
2014, 90 min

Section: Special Events
Year: 2019

As her family is falling apart, a New York literary critic takes driving lessons so that she can visit her daughter in Vermont. Her instructor, an Indian Sikh, is having his own marital difficulties. Together, they may just find a way to take control of their lives.


Darwan (Ben Kingsley) is a pedantic driving instructor and occasional taxi driver. He’s lived in the United States for many years and would like to get married one day. Wendy (Patricia Clarkson) is a highbrow New York book critic whose husband suddenly leaves her after many years together. When Wendy decides to learn how to drive so she can travel the long distance to visit her daughter at university, Darwan becomes her instructor. He teaches her to drive, and she gives him advice on how to communicate with the arranged bride who is coming from India to marry him. An unexpected bond forms between the two that gives them the strength to overcome a difficult period in life and start something new.

Nikola Paggio

About the director

Isabel Coixet (b. 1960, Barcelona). Selected filmography: Things I Never Told You (Cosas que nunca te dije, 1996), My Life Without Me (2003), The Secret Life of Words (La vida secreta de las palabras, 2005), Elegy (2008), Learning to Drive (2014), The Bookshop (2017), Elisa and Marcela (Elisa y Marcela, 2019)


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Special Events
Director: Isabel Coixet
Screenplay: Sarah Kernochan
Dir. of Photography: Manel Ruiz
Music: Dhani Harrison, Paul Hicks
Editor: Keith Reamer, Thelma Schoonmaker
Art Director: Emilia Spirito
Producer: Dana Friedman, Daniel Hammond
Production: Broad Green Pictures, Core Pictures
Coproduction: Lavender Pictures
Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Jake Weber, Sarita Choudhury
Sales: Park Circus Limited


Patricia Clarkson


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