Drive My Car15

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi | Japan | 2021 | 2h 59m | Japanese w/ English subtitles | Starring Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tôko Miura, Reika Kirishima

Grieving the loss of his wife, a stage actor travels to Hiroshima after being invited to direct a Checkov adaptation for a theatre festival. Initially, the play is a welcome distraction, but painful memories bubble to surface as he bonds with the introverted young woman assigned to be his chauffeur. An emotionally rich and engrossing story of regret and acceptance adapted from a short story by author Haruki Murakami. Winner of the Best Screenplay Award and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

Reviews

‘Hamaguchi has made a profoundly beautiful film about making peace with the role in front of you, and playing it with all your might.’
★★★★★
Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

‘Where once Hamaguchi’s film-making language had seemed to me at the level of jeu d’esprit, now it ascends to something with passion and even a kind of grandeur…It is an engrossing and exalting experience.’
★★★★★
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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Today (Monday 17th January)

18:15

The 400 Blows PG
1h 40m | French w/ English subtitles
Francois Truffaut's highly influential coming-of-age story about a young boy seeking refuge in truancy, petty crime, and cinema.

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20:30

The Humans 15
Socially Distanced
1h 48m
Psychological drama, adapted from the Tony Award-winning play, about a family coming together for a tense Thanksgiving dinner.

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Tomorrow (Tuesday 18th January)

17:30

West Side Story 12A
Deaf/HOH Subtitles
2h 36m
Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the much-loved Oscar-winning original from 1961, starring Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler.

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20:45

The 400 Blows PG
1h 40m | French w/ English subtitles
Francois Truffaut's highly influential coming-of-age story about a young boy seeking refuge in truancy, petty crime, and cinema.

Book here


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