Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday Three-Line Movie Review

How beautiful is this shot?

Learning to Drive

It's been a long time since I've seen a quiet, sincere movie with fine actors and a deep and resonant script. Learning to Drive is about a friendship between two people, a driven New York book critic played by the always wonderful Patricia Clarkson, and a Sikh driving instructor played by the formidable Ben Kingsley . The movie has obvious metaphors, is about culture and marriage and divorce, but it's so finely wrought that nothing is obvious, and I left the theater deeply satisfied (not to mention wowed by Kingsley's pink turban and Clarkson's red hair) and -- dare I say it -- thrilled that movies like this are still made with quotes from Wordsworth, Tantric sex, Samantha Bee, one of Meryl Streep's daughters and one of J.D. Salinger's sons (another story that I'll tell you about some other time).

More 3-Line Movie Reviews

Love and Mercy
Not a Three Line Movie Review
While We're Young

Force Majeur 
Gone Girl
Saint Vincent

Get on Up
Begin Again
The Immigrant

Cesar Chavez

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Labor Day 


  1. There was a nice interview with them on Charlie Rose...

  2. Gorgeous! I will try to find this...

  3. Sounds terrific! I love Patricia Clarkson. I'll keep an eye out for this one.

  4. I have a list of movies to see, is has been added to it. I watched the trailer and loved it. Maybe it will even come here.

  5. Not so likely it will come to my town, but I'll be on the look-out just in case. The photo is fabulous. (Just checked our movie schedules. We have Hitman- Agent 47 and Sinister 2, but I don't see Learning to Drive.)

  6. Yeah we don't get stuff like that here in mid Ohio. Maybe on DVD.

    I do love Patricia Clarkson. One of my all-time favorite films is The Green Mile. For an odd reason, a scene I love to watch is between her and John Coffey...her transformation from broken, sick obscenity to warm tenderness is...well I am not a wordsmith like you, but it makes me cry, not just because I think she is brilliant as an actress, maybe too it is the ultimate wish fulfillment scene for me, as I often wonder what I might bargain with for someone like John Coffey to pay a visit to my house.



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