Drive My Car

I loved this movie on so many levels.  One of the things that I really enjoy about watching movies made in other countries is that there is such a different approach when it comes to how a story is told.  For example, in this movie you aren’t even necessarily sure what the main conflict is.  It isn’t assumed that the male lead and the female lead are going to be romantically linked.  There isn’t a music bed to tell us when something dramatic is happening.  With this movie I just fell into a nice groove with it and let it take me away for three hours.  I swear that the movie felt shorter than many of the ninety minute movies that I’ve seen recently.

Of course, this means that the movie isn’t for everyone.  The acting is fantastic but the pacing is…. deliberate?  I laughed out loud when the opening credits started rolling forty minutes into the movie.  It’s been twenty four hours since I watched it and I am still pondering the central themes of the movie.  I’ve seen some people say that they didn’t like the movie because they believed the central theme to be grief.  It may have been for some of the movie but clearly not for all of it.  Also, the movie is beautiful to look at and it provides an excellent backdrop to ponder what is happening in the film.

Anyway, I would easily put this up with Licorice Pizza and Coda as the best movies of 2021.

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Movie title: Drive My Car

Movie description: Yusuke Kafuku, a stage actor and director, still unable, after two years, to cope with the loss of his beloved wife, accepts to direct Uncle Vanja at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There he meets Misaki, an introverted young woman, appointed to drive his car. In between rides, secrets from the past and heartfelt confessions will be unveiled.

Date published: 2022-03-05

Director(s): Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Actor(s): Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toko Miura, Masaki Okada, Reika Kirishima, Park Yu-rim, Jin Dae-yeon, Sonia Yuan, Ahn Hwi-tae, Perry Dizon, Satoko Abe, Hiroko Matsuda, Toshiaki Inomata, Takako Yamamura, Ryo Iwase, Faisal Anwar, Kamal Zharif, Massimo Biondi, Shoichiro Tanigawa

Genre: Drama

My Review

I loved this movie on so many levels.  One of the things that I really enjoy about watching movies made in other countries is that there is such a different approach when it comes to how a story is told.  For example, in this movie you aren’t even necessarily sure what the main conflict is.  It isn’t assumed that the male lead and the female lead are going to be romantically linked.  There isn’t a music bed to tell us when something dramatic is happening.  With this movie I just fell into a nice groove with it and let it take me away for three hours.  I swear that the movie felt shorter than many of the ninety minute movies that I’ve seen recently.

Of course, this means that the movie isn’t for everyone.  The acting is fantastic but the pacing is…. deliberate?  I laughed out loud when the opening credits started rolling forty minutes into the movie.  It’s been twenty four hours since I watched it and I am still pondering the central themes of the movie.  I’ve seen some people say that they didn’t like the movie because they believed the central theme to be grief.  It may have been for some of the movie but clearly not for all of it.  Also, the movie is beautiful to look at and it provides an excellent backdrop to ponder what is happening in the film.

Anyway, I would easily put this up with Licorice Pizza and Coda as the best movies of 2021.

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