Drive My Car

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s luminous new film
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ABR Arts 14 February 2022

Drive My Car

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s luminous new film
by
ABR Arts 14 February 2022
Hidetoshi Nishijima and Toko Miura in <em>Drive My Car</em> (still courtesy of Potential Films)
Hidetoshi Nishijima and Toko Miura in Drive My Car (still courtesy of Potential Films)

Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s latest feature, Drive My Car, ponders fidelity and sorrow, and the universal truth that people are mostly fucked up. It adapts Haruki Murakami’s short story of the same name from his collection Men Without Women (2014), about a widower recounting his deceased wife’s infidelities to his ‘homely’ female driver. Hamaguchi’s film gently teases out the many quirky strands of information glossed over in the master novelist’s short story, most notably the characters’ backstories. The result is a literary work, magnificent in scope, that unfurls over three entrancing hours.

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