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.
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
Patricia Clarkson approached Ben Kinsgley and Isabel Coixet with the script for this movie when they realize how much fun they were having doing Elegy (2008). See more »
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.
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?
Okay, Mr. Singh.
Mr. Singh Tur.
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I thought it was clever and thought provoking. The two actors inhabit vastly different worlds, but are so similar in many ways. The message seems to be we are all the same under our veneers of jobs, status, where we live and skin. It's an old theme but really well done this time. Hilarious is the part, that I think many people miss, where the two women are talking about what scoundrels guys are, with all this cheating going on, asking, "why, why?". Then one says, in relation to performing a sex act, "I don't do that anymore. Those days are over. This mouth is retired with a pension". Explaining of course exactly why there is so much infidelity. Guys don't (and won't - ever, never ever - give up sex). The stars are both highly believable, and perfect for their respective roles. It's not over done, gushy, or sentimental. And it all does not work out perfectly in the end. I loved it.
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