This is a Japanese film that won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. And in general a rare new foreign film in Russian cinemas
“Get behind the wheel of my car” is available for rent. The plot is based on the story of the same name by Haruka Murakami, he is a great connoisseur of Chekhov. Ryusuke Hamaguchi, one of the brightest authors of modern Japanese cinema, also loves this Russian writer. The protagonist of his film is theatrical director Yusuke, who is grieving the death of his wife. The man travels by car to Hiroshima to stage Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya”. Under Yusuke’s contract, a personal driver, Misaki, is discharged. It turns out that the couple has a lot in common. And there are intersections with the actors of the future play. For example, the main role goes to the lover of the deceased spouse.
This three-hour movie has an incredible therapeutic effect. Such a vaccine from anxiety, says Forbes film critic Ivan Afanasyev:
Ivan Afanasyev Forbes movie reviewer
The picture presented in four Oscar nominations. As a result, she took one statuette as the best film in a foreign language. But it was noted not only at the American Film Academy. Earlier, “Get behind the wheel of my car” with a sensation “swept” at festivals, received many awards. Paradoxically for such a quiet, watercolor film, says film critic Larisa Malyukova:
Larisa Malyukova film critic
It is symbolic that the main monologue goes to a dumb girl. She speaks it in sign language. Inclusiveness here is quite organic, in contrast to, for example, the film “CODA: a child of deaf parents”, which took the main Oscar award in 2022. The Japanese director emphasizes without undue tragedy that dumb people are exactly the same as those who can speak. It is difficult to predict how the film will be received in Russia. But around the world, “Get behind the wheel of my car” has raised more than $ 11 million. This is a lot for auteur cinema.
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