Oscar winner Ben Kingsley and Oscar nominee Patricia Clarkson star in Learning to Drive.

Clarkson, Kingsley drive film

Vernon Film Society screens Learning to Drive, the runner-up for the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

For its third fall presentation, the Vernon Film Society has chosen Learning to Drive, the runner-up for the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Adapted from an essay in The New Yorker by Katha Pollitt, the movie lightly touches on many subjects: divorce, rage, financial warfare, conflicting philosophies of marriage, and mother-daughter strife.

Wendy (Patricia Clarkson, Cairo Time), a successful and self-obsessed book editor, comes home to her New York City brownstone one day to find her husband Ted (Jake Weber) leaving her — again. But this time it’s for good, and Wendy’s initial denial turns into grief, anger, and a determination to become self-sufficient — part of which involves finally learning to drive so that she can visit her daughter at college in Vermont.

Although Wendy’s resolve wavers when she’s faced with the confusing jumble of an automobile dashboard, she finds a source of strength in her conscientious driving instructor, Darwan (Ben Kingsley, Shutter Island).

Darwan is a Sikh part-time cabdriver who was a university professor in India, imprisoned for his religious beliefs.  His lessons in patience and concentration convey a calm, farsighted perspective steeped in Eastern philosophy.

As Darwan guides Wendy through her automotive education, his seemingly infinite patience invites her to open up about her problems. In turn, Wendy’s volatile feelings about her changing marital status serve to highlight Darwan’s concerns about his own impending marriage, and the pair’s relationship soon begins to evolve in unexpected ways.

Observant and sweetly funny, Learning to Drive is a reminder that two people from very different backgrounds can achieve communication, understanding, and intimacy even in the most unlikely situations.

Learning to Drive screens Monday, Oct. 19 at the Towne Cinema at the regular times of 5:15 and 7:45 p.m. Tickets are available one week ahead at the Towne and the Bean Scene for $7.  Cash only. The film  is rated R (under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian) for strong language and some sexual content.

 

Just Posted

Vernon Peewees second at Valley of Champions tournament

The Vernon A Peewees baseball team won the silver medal on July 14

Vernon Women’s Transition House changes name

Name changed to Archway Society for Domestic Peace to showcase all programs offered

Shuswap donkey refuge event celebrates 20 years of rescues

The Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge will host its Donkey Day fundraiser on July 27

Vernon speaker to motivate Cariboo residents after mill shutdowns

Change management speaker Mark DeVolder will deliver town hall keynote in 100 Mile House

Pick your own salsa at Vernon’s Davison Orchards

Event allows people an authentic “farm-to-fork” experience August 16

When walls talk: Vernon murals see generation II

“This new movement, an app, will bring the strength of some of those same Vernon visionaries together again into a newdigital form”

Highway 1 closed near Revelstoke

No estimated time for opening

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

Okanagan e-scooter company foils robberies

OGO Scooters staff helped return stolen property three times in 1st week of operations in Kelowna

Olympian brings women empowerment in sports to the Okanagan

Two-time medalist Natalie Spooner joined the Girls Rock the Rink event in Kelowna

Okanagan school district monitoring McCurdy supportive housing plan debate

Top priority for board of education is to maintain safety integrity of local schools

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Most Read