An exclusive poster for director Isabel Coixet’s romantic comedy “Learning to Drive,” starring Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley, emphasizes the power of possibility, with its two leads enjoying each other’s company and the cityscape of New York.
The film, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, focuses on Wendy (Clarkson), a writer in New York struggling to cope with the fact that her husband leaves her for a much younger woman after giving “adultery a spin.” She is finally forced to learn how to drive — her husband previously did all the driving — and meets a Sikh cab driver, Darwan (Kingsley), who is willing to teach her how. Coixet described the film to Women and Hollywood as “a sweet and sour comedy about the unlikely friendship between a woman and a man… coming from two different universes.” It was the “possibility to explore the world of friendship between these two completely opposite characters, and also the Sikh community in NYC,” that drew Coixet to the project. Sarah Kernochan (“All I Wanna Do”) penned the script.
“It’s never too late to begin a new adventure,” the poster advises. The apparent intimacy shared between Wendy and Darwan — formerly two strangers — and the bright but undefined horizon perfectly complement this message.
“Learning to Drive” opens August 21.