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. Nominated for four Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and three BAFTAs (including Best Director).

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

Watch online

Watch this film at home and The Ultimate Picture Palace will receive a split of your rental fee.

Watch online now

What else is on?

Tomorrow (Thursday 7th July)

16:15

Il Buco U
1h 33m | Italian w/ English subtitles
Michelangelo Frammartino returns with another work of mystical beauty somewhere between drama and documentary set in the mountains of Southern Italy.

Book here

18:30

All My Friends Hate Me 15
Socially distanced
1h 34m
A school reunion in the countryside turns sour in Andrew Gaynord’s superb black comedy exploring the modern horrors of social anxiety and paranoia.

Book here

20:45

Between Two Worlds 12A
1h 47m | French w/ English subtitles
Juliet Binoche (Three Colours Blue, Cache) stars as an author going undercover as a cross-Channel ferry cleaner to research an upcoming book.

Book here


Friday 8th July

16:15

Everything Went Fine 15
1h 53m | French w/ English subtitles
A moving and deeply personal drama by acclaimed filmmaker François Ozon (8 Women) about a father asking his daughter to help him end his life.

Book here

18:45

Good Luck To You, Leo Grande 15
1h 37m
Two-time Oscar-winner Emma Thompson stars in this humorous story of sexual awakening and self-discovery, written by British comic Katy Brand.

Book here

21:00

Airplane! 12A
1h 28m
Crammed with slapstick, one-liners, and surrealist humour, this side-splitting spoof of 1970s disaster movies has become a much-loved comedy classic.

Book here


Plan your visit

Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!