Drive My Car

Drive My Car ★★★★½

A brilliantly human story about human connection, grief, the soul, and love itself. I admittedly was kinda shocked just how well the film captured these feelings subtly, but not without panache. Sure, it’s slow and I wouldn’t say flashy, but the camerawork and framing is exception. Everything is communicated wonderfully, the acting hits hard to the point where you start judging the performances by the characters separately from the context that you are watching a film. You start to believe you’re a fly on the wall at these rehearsals. And yet when you DO notice, it’s in the most wondrous ways. My favorite was when I realized the subtle brilliance of the sound mixing, and how it really brought you into the world and made you feel the attentions of the characters. Just an incredible introduction to a filmmaker I definitely have to check out more from. Until then, this absolutely is one of the best films of 2021 to me. Very close to Green Knight for that top spot. Wow.

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