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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
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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

Gross USA:

$3,447,633

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,967,516
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival screening, Patricia Clarkson revealed that her name was attached to this project for nine years, and didn't drop out of it because she loved the script. 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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Soundtracks

Aa Naujawan Sab Kuch Yahan
Writte by Anandji Veerji Shah (as Anandji Shah) / Kalyanji Veerji Shah (as Kalyanji Shah) / Shyamlal Indivar
Performed by Asha Bhosle
Courtesy of Saregama India by arrangement with The Royalty Network, Inc.
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Funny, Feel Good Movie
5 September 2015 | by juliemanigliaSee all my reviews

I went to see this movie tonight and it was entertaining. I can't say that about many movies these days.

I liked the premise of a woman taking driving lessons after her divorce, trying to regain some sense of independence and competence after that emotional blow.

Ben Kingsley, as her Sikh taxi driver teacher, was excellent in his part. He and his student develop a close friendship which is a joy to see.

A friend, who is also a Sikh, went with me, and she said that Kingsley's headdress was not wrapped properly. You'd have thought that the film would have received some input from the Sikh community on these details, but maybe not. Odd.

At any rate, it was charming, with enough laughs and story to sustain it to the end. It has something to teach both women and men.


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