“An intimate stage whisper of a film in which every scene feels like a secret”
“A rich, skillfully layered masterwork with flawless performances and a script that is a screenwriter’s holy grail.”
“…the type of film which you could spend hours analyzing and come no closer to feeling as if you’ve landed on its true intent.”
—Little White Lies
Two years after his wife’s unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There, he meets Misaki Watari (Toko Miura), a taciturn young woman assigned by the festival to chauffeur him in his beloved red Saab 900. As the production’s premiere approaches, tensions mount amongst the cast and crew, not least between Yusuke and Koji Takatsuki, a handsome TV star who shares an unwelcome connection to Yusuke’s late wife. Forced to confront painful truths raised from his past, Yusuke begins – with the help of his driver – to face the haunting mysteries his wife left behind.
Adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short story, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car is a haunting road movie traveling a path of love, loss, acceptance, and peace. Winner of three prizes at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, including Best Screenplay, Best Film at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, and Best International Film at the Gotham Independant Film Awards.