Drive My Car

Drive My Car

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Winner of Best International Feature at the 2022 Oscars and Best Screenplay at Cannes 2021, this Japanese drama from Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Happy Hour) follows a happily married stage director who must suddenly deal with life without his beloved partner. More

Yusuke Kafuku, a stage actor and director is happily married to Oto, a screenwriter. However, Oto suddenly dies after leaving behind a secret. Two years later, Kafuku, still unable to fully cope with the loss of his wife, receives an offer to direct a play at a theater festival and drives to Hiroshima with his car. There, he meets Misaki, a reticent woman assigned to become his chauffeur. As they spend time together, Kafuku confronts the mystery of his wife that quietly haunts him.

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2021Rating: M, Nudity & sex scenes179 minsJapan
DramaFestival & Independent

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Drive My Car | Awards

Award Winner
Best International Feature at the 2022 Academy Awards. Best Film Not in the English Language at the 2022 BAFTAs. Best Screenplay winner at Cannes Film Festival 2021. Best Film (Non-English language) winner at the 2022 Golden Globes.

Drive My Car | Reviews

What makes Drive My Car so riveting is its details. If you like going to the movies in order to feel emotions, it couldn’t come more highly recommended.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Understated in its extraordinary rewards...

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

It’s... throat-catchingly beautiful, as sad as a funeral, and wise in a way few films ever aspire to be.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Not for all tastes, but attractive leads and mysterious interlocking narrative layers accompanied by a very pleasant score help make it seem shorter than its three-hour running time.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An absorbing, technically assured piece of work with poetic depths and novelistic ambitions.

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Variety

Variety

A sleek, streamlined slip of a thing that nonetheless, in the author's signature style, packs an awful lot into its lean sentences.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It is an engrossing and exalting experience.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

Hamaguchi has made a profoundly beautiful film about making peace with the role in front of you, and playing it with all your might.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Hamaguchi might come at this idea from the opposite direction of his source material, but that disconnect is exactly what allows "Drive My Car" to reach its destination with such integrity.

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

At two hours and 59 minutes, there is an endurance factor, but this is as patient and sensuous as movies get.

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Drive My Car | Release Details

Drive My Car is now playing in 4 cinemas in Australia. Drive My Car is available to stream in Australia now on Google Play and Apple TV and Prime Video Store.