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Drive My Car Review – Cannes 2021

Drive My Car Review – Cannes 2021

An adaptation from the short story of the same name by Haruki Murakami from his bestselling collection ‘Men Without Women’, Drive My Car is the latest melodrama from Japanese up-and-comer Ryûsuke Hamaguchi. Yet more epic than his previous work – and with a sizable runtime just shy of three hours – it’s his biggest-scale film to date. And though it has plenty of flair, Drive My Car never quite justifies its alienated approach to Murakami’s work.

Three years after Lee Chang Dong’s Burning rocked the festival circuit with its adventurous adaptation of Murakami’s nineties short story ‘Barn Burning’, Drive My Car couldn’t be more different in bringing to life what is admittedly a tonally opposed story. Working closely and overtly within the ‘Men Without Women’ brief, Drive My Car follows successful stage actor and director Yûsuke Kafuku (Hadetoshi Nishijima) as he attempts to adapt Chekhov’s Uncle

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