The movie “Learning to Drive” will be offered through a collaboration between Purdue University North Central’s Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series and Michigan City Public Library. The showing is free and open to the public.
“Learning to Drive” will be shown on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City. The film is rated R.
“Learning to Drive” centers on the relationship that forms between literary agent, played by Patricia Clarkson, and her Indian-American driving instructor, played by Ben Kingsley. The movie is an adaptation of an essay by feminist author Katha Pollitt that appeared in “The New Yorker.”
The film’s main characters are brought together when Clarkson’s character finds the need to learn to drive following her divorce. Her driving teacher (Kingsley) is a Sikh Indian and part-time cabdriver, who had been a university professor in his native India and was imprisoned for his religious beliefs. He won political asylum in the United States, but faces an arranged marriage with a woman from India he has never met.
The movie features moments of gentle humor and touches on many subjects: divorce, rage and financial warfare; conflicting philosophies of marriage and parent-child strife.
“The Washington Post” notes that Clarkson’s and Kinsley’s “styles fuse nicely with the unassuming tone of a film that’s content to hum along pleasantly.”
Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series features various events throughout the year. A complete schedule of events can be found at www.pnc.edu. For more information about this film, or any event in the Odyssey series, contact Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations, at 219-785-5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.