Academy Award® nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award® winner Ben Kingsley star in this feel-good, coming of (middle) age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life’s road blocks—festival circuit favorite Learning to Drive, which was chosen the Audience Award runner-up at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Wendy (Clarkson) is a fiery Manhattan book critic whose husband has just left her for another woman; Darwan (Kingsley) 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.
Learning to Drive is A Broad Green Pictures Production / A Core Pictures Production, In Association with Lavender Pictures, starring Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Jake Weber, Sarita Choudhury and Grace Gummer. The original music is composed by Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks. The costume designer is Vicki Farrell, and the production designer is Dania Saragovia. It is edited by Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E.; the director of photography is Manel Ruiz. The executive producer is Gabriel Hammond. The film is produced by Dana Friedman and Daniel Hammond. Learning to Drive is written by Sarah Kernochan (Based upon the article by Katha Politt) and directed by Isabel Coixet.