Broad Green Pictures has released the first Learning to Drive trailer for director Isabel Coixet’s upcoming dramedy. The film stars Patricia Clarkson as a successful Manhattan writer who decides to—surprise—learn to drive after her husband leaves her. The crux of the story revolves around her platonic relationship with her driving instructor, played by Sir Ben Kingsley. Steve was a fan of the film when he caught it at TIFF, saying Coixet refreshingly focused on people helping one another instead of going down the well-worn path of opposites attracting and falling in love.
Watch the Learning to Drive trailer below, and click here to watch Steve’s interview with Kingsley about the film. Jake Weber, Sarita Choudhury, Grace Gummer, Samantha Bee, and John Hodgman also star. Learning to Drive opens in theaters on August 21st.
Here’s the official synopsis for Learning to Drive:
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.
Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for a younger woman; Darwan 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.