Learning to Drive

Learning to Drive

DVD - 2016
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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.
Publisher: Montreal :, TVA Films,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE LEA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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Jan 05, 2018

Really enjoyed it as well - good story told from an interesting angle, well acted, was much more interesting than I thought it was going to be.

Dec 11, 2017

We REALLY liked this movie. Fascinating characters in a good story that maintains a meaningful thread throughout.

Dec 05, 2017

very nice movie

Nov 17, 2017

Really liked it except the sex stuff wasn't needed - it would have been better without the token sex scenes.

Apr 24, 2017

Slow moving like when you're learning to drive, but worth the ride.

Apr 12, 2017

Wonderful cast, wonderful story, wonderful message. Has Sir Ben Kingsley ever made a bad movie???

Apr 01, 2017

This was a fun and enjoyable movie with a good story and well acted.

Mar 27, 2017

Great, wonderful & simple movie. I enjoyed the story & the life lesson. He gave or shared with her the lesson in driving are also lessons you can use in your relationships, marriage or just in life. Two beautiful people learning from each other's differences..........Look forward, pay attention to all your surroundings, and sometimes we need to do things even if we don't want to at the time, (paraphrasing) ect. I' m glad at the end she told him no, because She told him he's a good man. Loved it.

Mar 17, 2017

The movie ends abruptly with the emotionally-stunted main characters only slightly improved, but then this is realistic for short-term nature of driving lessons. I wouldn't describe any of the acting performances as stellar and there is content not suitable for children. If you were hoping for something better with a similar theme and tempo, I'd recommend The Lunchbox.

Feb 13, 2017

Nice enough movie, Script did not give Patricia Clarkson or Ben Kinsley roles to shine in. (East) Indian immigrants ALL played very well in their too short roles. Patrician & Ben's characters were ho-hum as, I think, the script gave them nothing to work with. Could have been sooo much more interesting and missed most of the comedy opportunities.
Ended when student passed her driving test. ('Is that all there is....?)

OK, if you have nothing else to watch.

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Mar 01, 2016

Thoughts at the light from story:
“Riiight. You see, you are learning! Beef-stew it!”
But what if I get my license and I have one of these episodes of befuddlement when I’m alone at the wheel? Ben often has to remind me not to zone out, as I so frequently do even while I’m telling myself to stay focussed. For example, I’ll be staring at the red light, determined not to let my mind wander, and then I start wondering why red means “stop” and green means “go.” Is there some optic science behind this color scheme? Is it arbitrary? Perhaps it derives from an ancient custom, the way the distance between railroad tracks is derived from the distance between the wheels on Roman carts...
“Kahta,” Ben says gently, “the light has been green for some time now. Please, go!”

Mar 01, 2016

Thoughts at the light from film:
Darwan: Beware of living as well as non-living things...When you see a person ahead of you, Try to guess what they'll do next. Smoothly adjust. The driver's biggest problem is everyone else. You can't always trust people...To behave properly.
Wendy: Ain't that the truth. It is red light. I mean isn't it strange that red has come to mean "stop" and "danger"....It strikes to me that stopping is when you're safe. And going is dangerous.
Darwan: Do not talk, Wendy. When you talk, you don't see. Watch the light.
Darwan: Red is happy, it's...What the bride wears for her wedding in India.
Wendy: Yes, but what does it (car in red color) say about me? I'm a hot little number?... Hussie on board?
Darwin: It says..."Don't fxyk with me."

Feb 29, 2016

Analogy to driving from film:
"Wendy, how do you know if you put in... Enough salt and pepper when you're making a stew?"
"You taste it."
"Right. So what do you do when you lose track of which way the car is pointing...
When you parallel park?
"You taste it?"
"You just let the car move back a tiny bit...And see which way it goes. Taste the direction."
"And then you adjust the seasoning?"
"Right. You adjust a little bit and a little bit."

Feb 29, 2016

Analogy to driving from New Yorker's short story:
“Kahta, how do you know if you’ve put in enough salt and pepper when you are making beef stew?”

“Um, you taste it?”

“Riiight, you taste it. So what do you do if you’ve lost track of which way the car is pointing when you parallel-park?”

“I dunno, Ben. You taste it?”

“You just let the car move back a tiny bit and see which way it goes! You taste the direction! Then you— ”

“Correct the seasonings?”

“Riiight . . . You adjust!”

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