Drive My Car

Drive My Car ★★★★½

Despite the three-hour runtime (which I wish I knew about before checking it out), I dug this movie quite a bit.

It deals with the themes of self-acceptance, regret, and grief in such a powerful, dramatic, and emotionally gripping way. The performances from the leads are fantastic, the movie does an exquisite job taking its time (starting before most filmmakers would even consider starting their story), and I overall loved it. The directing and the screenplay are masterful, and even though I regrettably watched it on HBO Max where it constantly buffered, I was nonetheless invested from the very first conversation to the final scene with the dog.

I consider it to be one of the best films of 2021, and I highly recommend it. It's my pick for International Feature and Adapted Screenplay for sure.

9/10

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