a film by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi. In Japanese with German subtitles.
2021 has been an annus mirabilis for Ryusuke Hamaguchi, who has premiered two feature films, both very different, both equally masterly. After the thematically connected triptych of WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY, Hamaguchi delves into more expansively novelistic territory, although the source is a short story by Haruki Murakami.
An extended preface introduces us to a Tokyo couple, actor and director Yusuke and screenwriter Oto, whose penchant for erotic storytelling hints at possibilities that will continue to trouble Yusuke. Two years later, he arrives in Hiroshima to direct Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at a theatre festival and is assigned a young woman named Misaki as his driver. After a troubled rehearsal process and Yusuke’s problems with a troublesome young actor, Yusuke and the initially reserved Misaki begin to communicate.
A three-hour running time allows Hamaguchi to unspool a subtly, densely patterned narrative to maximum effect, with Chekhov’s drama subliminally resonating as a background subtext. Quietly moving, intellectually involving, DRIVE MY CAR is arguably the most mature and most elegant drama of 2021. (Jonathan Romney)
ドライブ・マイ・カー Doraibu mai kâ
JP 2021, 179 Min., japan. OmU
Regie: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Drehbuch: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Haruki Murakami, Takamasa Oe
Kamera: Hidetoshi Shinomiya
Schnitt: Azusa Yamazaki
mit: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tôko Miura, Masaki Okada, Reika Kirishima