Andrea’s Film Review – Drive my car

Drive my car ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali

Nishijima Hidetoshi is a stage actor and director happily married to his playwright wife. Then one day she disappears. Out in selected cinemas.

I recognise this may not a film for everyone and to be honest on paper it’s not really the type of film for me either.

I’m impatient, I love action, sci-Fi and horror and E.T. is among my favourite films ever. Basically nothing could be more further away than this meditative and gentle Japanese film that spends most of its time with a grieving husband being driven around a car while listening to recordings of Chekov’s “Uncle Vanya”.

All of which in four different languages (through there might have been five). And if that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, hear me out for a second.

Because if you’re patient enough, if you’re in that right state of mind and you’re willing to let yourself go for three hours, away from your mobile phone or any other distractions, I can be pretty sure Drive my car will eventually get to you in a way very few films can and ultimately it will reveal itself as rewarding and profound experience.

The slow pace and the three hours length have a lot to do with it: the overall immersive experience of the film, as we are slowly (very slowly) drawn closer and closer to the main characters.

The film very subtly builds more and more, so that by the time we get to the final scenes, the emotional payoff about regret and acceptance is so effortlessly moving that it’s a beauty to behold.

No wonder the film has just won three awards in Cannes.

Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.

Drive my car is on in selected cinemas.

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