(a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

DRIVE MY CAR (DORAIBU MAI KA) is a very slow-moving film about a experimental theatrical director who has been recently widowed. He is currently doing a multilingual version of "Uncle Vanya", with cast members delivering lines in Chinese, Mandarin, English, and Korean Sign Language. There are lines from "Uncle Vanya" and other familiar plays worked into the plot. There are also tensions among the cast members when they are not acting, as well as between the director and the cast, and the director and his driver, all of which take a long time to be explained. The film is in Japanese, and the subtitles are often useless because they blend into the background.

Released theatrically 11/24/21. Rating: high +1 (-4 to +4), or 6/10.

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