A Cannes Film Festival (2021) Award Winner for Best Sceeenplay, Drive My Car is a completely engrosing slow-burn and moving film of intersecting personal lives and secrets.
Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a stage actor and director is happily married to Oto (Reika Kirishima), a screenwriter. However, Oto suddenly dies after leaving behind a secret. Two years later, Kafuku, still unable to fully cope with the loss of his wife, receives an offer to direct a play at a theater festival and drives to Hiroshima with his car. There, he meets Misaki (Toko Miura), a reticent woman assigned to become his chauffeur. As they spend time together, Kafuku confronts the mystery of his wife that quietly haunts him.
Drive My Car is adapted from a Haruki Murakami’s collection: Men Without Women.