Learning To Drive a delightful film, about self and overcoming. It’s a story about finding the courage to take a leap of faith, and tackling one’s problems head-on, even if they scare you.
A writer, Wendy (Patrician Clarkson), from Manhattan takes on the challenge of Learning To Drive as her marriage is in the process of crumbling around her. Braving this life event, at a late stage in her life. Her instructor, Darwan (Ben Kingsly), is a Sikh with his own marriage troubles, brought on by an arranged marriage.
The two begin to develop a bond, and an unspoken need, for each other, as they drive about the city, and share their problems. Darwan has a very calm outlook on life, while Wendy is quickly and easily flustered by the troubles of daily life.
We are witness to this pairs journey of self-discovery and becoming. Each realising what they need to focus on, and overcome. The story is a sweet tale, and one that is testament to what we all endure in our own lives.
The story is well paced, following the emotional up’s and down’s of the characters, on their journey (and car drive). One almost gets the feeling that we’re peaking into their secrets. Secrets that should remain in the car, once the days lesson has ended.
Masterfully acted, and shot. Learn To Drive is sure to be enjoyed by all. Don’t let the art-house feel put you off, as you’d miss out on this uplifting tale.
Learning To Drive opens 20 November 2015, in South African cinemas.