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Learning to Drive

Based on an article written by Kartha Pollitt in The New Yorker, Learning To Drive is a gentle comedy directed by Isabel Coixet about two people from different backgrounds, who are thrown together by fate. Acerbic author Wendy Shields (Patricia Clarkson) is stunned when her unfaithful husband Ted (Jake Weber) leaves her. Suddenly, she is forced to become self-sufficient and Wendy begins that journey of discovery by taking driving lessons, so she doesn't have to rely on public transport. Her instructor is a mild-mannered Indian Sikh called Darwan (Ben Kingsley), who is in the throes of an arranged marriage. He gives Wendy the confidence to take control behind the wheel and, in turn, she teaches Darwan valuable life lessons about the enduring power of love and value of friendship.