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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.

Director:

Isabel Coixet

Writer:

Sarah Kernochan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Clarkson ... Wendy
Ben Kingsley ... Darwan
Jake Weber ... Ted
Sarita Choudhury ... Jasleen
Grace Gummer ... Tasha
Avi Nash ... Preet
Samantha Bee ... Debbie
Matt Salinger ... Peter
John Hodgman ... Car Salesman
Michael Mantell ... Wendy's Dad
Daniela Lavender ... Mata
Gina Jarrin ... Paige
Rajika Puri ... Darwan's Sister Rasbir
Beau Baxter Beau Baxter ... Debbie's Husband
Randy Graff ... Divorce Attorney
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Storyline

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

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Some moments teach us, some people surprise us, and some friendships change us forever. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aprender a Conduzir See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Patricia Clarkson, Sir Ben Kingsley and Director Isabel Coixet worked together on Elegy (2008). See more »

Quotes

[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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Mathar
Written by Volker Kriegel
Performed by Dave Pike (as The Dave Pike Set)
Courtesy of MPS Records / EDEL Germany GmbH
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Nice contrast between lives, witty.
20 October 2015 | by jamesrichy1961See all my reviews

I thought it was clever and thought provoking. The two actors inhabit vastly different worlds, but are so similar in many ways. The message seems to be we are all the same under our veneers of jobs, status, where we live and skin. It's an old theme but really well done this time. Hilarious is the part, that I think many people miss, where the two women are talking about what scoundrels guys are, with all this cheating going on, asking, "why, why?". Then one says, in relation to performing a sex act, "I don't do that anymore. Those days are over. This mouth is retired with a pension". Explaining of course exactly why there is so much infidelity. Guys don't (and won't - ever, never ever - give up sex). The stars are both highly believable, and perfect for their respective roles. It's not over done, gushy, or sentimental. And it all does not work out perfectly in the end. I loved it.


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