CTC | directed by Ryusuke Hamugachi | 2021 | Japan
WINNER of BEST SCREENPLAY at CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2021.
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Yusuke Kafuku, a stage actor and director, still unable, after two years, to cope with the loss of his beloved wife, accepts to direct Uncle Vanja at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There he meets Misaki, an introverted young woman, appointed to drive his car. In between rides, secrets from the past and heartfelt confessions will be unveiled. As they spend time together, Kafuku confronts the mystery of his wife that quietly haunts him.
5/5 It is an engrossing and exalting experience.
5/5 Hamaguchi has made a profoundly beautiful film about making peace with the role in front of you, and playing it with all your might.
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Hamaguchi has crafted a rich, skilfully layered masterwork with flawless performances and a script that is a screenwriter’s holy grail.
Adapted from a short story of the same name by globally feted Japanese author Haruki Murakami, this highbrow road movie is an absorbing, technically assured piece of work with poetic depths and novelistic ambitions.”
Drive My Car is a hell of a ride, the red Saab riding through the landscape like a beating heart, taking viewers along a journey that they won’t soon forget.
I can’t think of any contemporary directors who have this much care and patience in creating illuminating characters like Hamaguchi.