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Learning to Drive (2014)

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As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own. In each other's company they find the courage to get back on the road and the strength to take the wheel.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wendy
... Darwan
... Ted
... Jasleen
... Tasha
... Preet
... Debbie
Matt Salinger ... Peter
... Car Salesman
... Wendy's Dad
... Mata
... Paige
... Darwan's Sister Rasbir
Beau Baxter ... Debbie's Husband
... Divorce Attorney


Wendy (Patrician Clarkson), a self-absorbed New York book critic, is shocked to reality by the sudden end of her marriage. Always dependent on her husband for driving, she must now learn to take the wheel on her own. Her instructor Darwan (Ben Kingsley) is a Sikh Indian who watches with alarm as his pupil falls apart at the seams. He himself is contemplating an arranged marriage with a woman he has never met. As these two lives intersect, both will change in unpredictable ways. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's never too late to begin a new adventure.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 August 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aprender a Conduzir  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,015, 23 August 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,446,820, 22 November 2015
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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Patricia Clarkson approached Ben Kinsgley and Isabel Coixet with the script for this movie when they realize how much fun they were having doing Elegy (2008). See more »


[first lines]
Darwan: Slow down. Park there. Mr. Yampolsky, you have followed all the rules. You'll pass your test tomorrow, I'm sure of it. And after you get your license, I suspect you'll buy the biggest, fastest car, and throw all the rules out of the window.
Student Driver: [scoffs]
Darwan: It is not a joke. Remember driving is a freedom. I wish you to enjoy every kind of freedom... As long as you don't hurt someone. You promise me?
Student Driver: Okay, Mr. Singh.
Darwan: Mr. Singh Tur.
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Lovely movie
27 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's always such a pleasure to go to a movie about interesting people, slice-of-life as it were. Nothing huge happens. No car chases or special effects. Just real, human emotion and experience. A quiet little story about real people.

Patricia Clarkson is always interesting. Ben Kingsley is superb as the Sikh.

There are two scenes that had me laughing very loudly, but throughout most of the movie I was just smiling and sympathizing with the believable characters.

The story was not predictable. I enjoyed every second of it and highly recommend to anyone who enjoys character-driven movies.

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