Wednesday, 2 September 2015


Learning to Drive, with Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley as a Sikh Indian driving instructor, is now in limited release. At last year's Toronto International Film Festival, it was runner-up for the audience award. Sharing credit with Paul Hicks on the film's original music is Dhani Harrison, son of the late George Harrison. In "Learning to Drive" -- a film about lessons big and small -- New York literary critic Wendy Shields (Patricia Clarkson) decides after her husband leaves her that she must finally learn to operate a car. The driving instructor she enlists, Darwan Singh Tur (Ben Kingsley), is himself in the midst of a major life change, as he prepares for his impending arranged marriage. During their time together both in and out of the car, each becomes less set in his and her ways, as Wendy and Darwan come to accept that life is a two-way street. Based on an essay by Katha Pollitt published in a 2002 issue of the New Yorker and based on Pollitt's own experience, the film took about nine years to make it to the screen, shepherded by Clarkson and producer Dana Friedman.. Also notable about the film is that it was co-edited by Oscar-winner Thelma Schoonmaker, who in recent years has worked less frequently outside her longtime collaboration with Martin Scorsese.

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