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 theatre 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 travelling a path of love, loss, acceptance, and peace. Winner of the Best Screenplay Award and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. _ 2021 Cannes Film Festival - Official Selection; Winner, FIPRESCI Prize; Winner, Best Screenplay 2021 BFI London Film Festival - Special Presentation 2021 Toronto International Film Festival - Official Selection_ _ “an engrossing and exalting experience” ★★★★★ The Guardian “hamaguchi’s filmmaking… reaches new heights of refinement and sensory richness” Variety “a profoundly beautiful, haunting murakami adaptation” ★★★★★ The Telegraph “hamaguchi’s ‘drive my car’ is a masterful drama you can’t turn away from” The playlist _