Learning to Drive

Learning to Drive

Streaming Video - 2015
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Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley star in this feel-good comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life's roadblocks. Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for a younger woman; Darwan is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she's never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor, and love in starting life anew.
Publisher: [United States] : Pacific Northwest Pictures, 2015.
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 90 min.)) : sd., col.
digital, rda
video file, rda


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d2013 Feb 11, 2017

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Jul 28, 2018

Greatly acted, unusual story about two very different people coming to terms with their intimate relationships. Very well done.

Jun 09, 2018

Very enjoyable movie. Wonderful cast - touching story.

JCLMargaretO Jun 05, 2018

A perfect example of how two people appearing to be so completely different can not only find common ground, but also learn from each other.

May 23, 2018

Great story. Great cast. Highly recommended.

Apr 12, 2018

Rated 6/10. I thought Ben Kingsley made the show. He was excellent.

The overall story was okay, but not terrific.

Mar 26, 2018

Well done. Two great actors.
Interesting to see, two different
lives, intersect and intertwine.

Jan 05, 2018

Really enjoyed it as well - good story told from an interesting angle, well acted, was much more interesting than I thought it was going to be.

Dec 11, 2017

We REALLY liked this movie. Fascinating characters in a good story that maintains a meaningful thread throughout.

Dec 05, 2017

very nice movie

Nov 17, 2017

Really liked it except the sex stuff wasn't needed - it would have been better without the token sex scenes.

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Mar 01, 2016

Thoughts at the light from story:
“Riiight. You see, you are learning! Beef-stew it!”
But what if I get my license and I have one of these episodes of befuddlement when I’m alone at the wheel? Ben often has to remind me not to zone out, as I so frequently do even while I’m telling myself to stay focussed. For example, I’ll be staring at the red light, determined not to let my mind wander, and then I start wondering why red means “stop” and green means “go.” Is there some optic science behind this color scheme? Is it arbitrary? Perhaps it derives from an ancient custom, the way the distance between railroad tracks is derived from the distance between the wheels on Roman carts...
“Kahta,” Ben says gently, “the light has been green for some time now. Please, go!”

Mar 01, 2016

Thoughts at the light from film:
Darwan: Beware of living as well as non-living things...When you see a person ahead of you, Try to guess what they'll do next. Smoothly adjust. The driver's biggest problem is everyone else. You can't always trust people...To behave properly.
Wendy: Ain't that the truth. It is red light. I mean isn't it strange that red has come to mean "stop" and "danger"....It strikes to me that stopping is when you're safe. And going is dangerous.
Darwan: Do not talk, Wendy. When you talk, you don't see. Watch the light.
Darwan: Red is happy, it's...What the bride wears for her wedding in India.
Wendy: Yes, but what does it (car in red color) say about me? I'm a hot little number?... Hussie on board?
Darwin: It says..."Don't fxyk with me."

Feb 29, 2016

Analogy to driving from film:
"Wendy, how do you know if you put in... Enough salt and pepper when you're making a stew?"
"You taste it."
"Right. So what do you do when you lose track of which way the car is pointing...
When you parallel park?
"You taste it?"
"You just let the car move back a tiny bit...And see which way it goes. Taste the direction."
"And then you adjust the seasoning?"
"Right. You adjust a little bit and a little bit."

Feb 29, 2016

Analogy to driving from New Yorker's short story:
“Kahta, how do you know if you’ve put in enough salt and pepper when you are making beef stew?”

“Um, you taste it?”

“Riiight, you taste it. So what do you do if you’ve lost track of which way the car is pointing when you parallel-park?”

“I dunno, Ben. You taste it?”

“You just let the car move back a tiny bit and see which way it goes! You taste the direction! Then you— ”

“Correct the seasonings?”

“Riiight . . . You adjust!”

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