#52FilmsByWomen: LEARNING TO DRIVE

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49/52 LEARNING TO DRIVE

I want to put my words where my mouth is by producing female directors; they are amazing talented people. ~ Isabel Coixet

Isabel Coixet is a prolific Spanish filmmaker, perhaps best known in the States for her collaborations with Sarah Polley on My Life Without Me and The Secret Life of Words. It took her nine years–with Patricia Clarkson attached the entire time–to find financing for this gem of a story.

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.

I’m a long-time fan of Coixet, Clarkson and Kingsley, so this film was a match made in heaven. It’s realistic to post 9/11 New York and the current refugee crisis but it’s also funny, deeply felt and life-affirming. It’s always wonderful to see fantastic actors past the age of 50 getting to play characters to whom we can all relate. I love this film and you can find it streaming on Amazon Prime.

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