Drive My Car

Drive My Car ★★★★★

“Fidelity is a lie through and through. There's an abundance of rhetoric, but no logic in it."

I'm not even sure where to start with this, it was just so beautiful. I will admit that I was intimidated by its three-hour runtime, but for me, it went by fairly quickly as nearly every moment felt as if it justified the runtime. The only hiccup with that might be that 40-minute cold open (what is this, No Time to Die? LOL). While I appreciated the backstory set up for the film, I think it could have easily started 40 minutes in when the credits officially started. Alternatively, the opening could have been shortened or released as a prequel short film. However, this is only a very minor gripe as I was mystified during the entire viewing experience.

It's a real shame some people call this a bad film because it was too slow for them (or they didn't "get it") because it truly is a beautiful film that explores an interesting grey area of relationships in film: lack of fidelity as something other than a negative. That being said, if it's a topic that triggers you I certainly understand missing out on this film. There's a scene early on that really frustrated me on why he never confronts his wife, but as the film progresses and we get to see how he handles work, relationships in general, and his emotions it becomes apparent. I don't want to spoil anything so I'll stop there; nonetheless what unravels is a fascinating story with tons of pure and human moments.

Grief is another topic tackled here as well as a few other philosophical outlooks on human emotion. I realize for some it might be artsy-fartsy pretension— which I guess is something I like to eat up buffet style— but if you look at how emotion is handled in Japan and the taboo that surrounds it, what may look pretentious might shape up to look a bit more profound in another light.

The was the last Oscar-nominated film I had a chance to watch before the Oscars and I'm writing the review post-Oscars. All I will say is its award was well-deserved. It's just a shame that director Ryusuke Hamaguchi was kind of rushed off during the tail end of his speech. Oh, and speaking of the Oscars, what a beautiful year of deaf representation between this, CODA, and Audible!

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