Driving Lessons


1h 38m 2006

Brief Synopsis

Shy and downtrodden Ben dreads yet another dreary school holiday coming around. Seventeen years of living in an absurdly conservative and traditional household with his highly-strung and overbearing mother and quiet, mild mannered vicar father have taken its toll on young Ben. While the other kids a

Film Details

Also Known As
Leçons de conduite
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Entertainment One; Entertainment One Films Australia Pty, Ltd.; Kew Media Group; Sony Pictures Classics; U.K. Film Council
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Metro Tartan Distributors; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Ster-Kinekor; Tartan Films

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Synopsis

Shy and downtrodden Ben dreads yet another dreary school holiday coming around. Seventeen years of living in an absurdly conservative and traditional household with his highly-strung and overbearing mother and quiet, mild mannered vicar father have taken its toll on young Ben. While the other kids are out having fun, Ben spends these precious few weeks attending bible classes, having driving lessons with his mother and helping out at a local old people's home. However, Ben's world is turned upside down when he's employed by an eccentric retired actress Evie. Vulgar, dignified and childish all at once, she certainly is not the kind of person Ben expected when searching through the job listings in the stuffy parish magazine, "Hello Jesus". Evie enters Ben's life with a cataclysmic force, whisking him away on a series of adventures from camping, to performing Shakespeare in the garden, to attending the Edinburgh festival--where he finally meets a girl much nearer his own age. Evie's unconventional and often downright bizarre behavior challenges Ben's beliefs, and forces him to confront the very idea of who he wants to be. Then, when it seems that his new-found freedom is about to be taken away, Ben has to suddenly choose; should he continue to conform, or break out and live his life as his own man?

Film Details

Also Known As
Leçons de conduite
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Entertainment One; Entertainment One Films Australia Pty, Ltd.; Kew Media Group; Sony Pictures Classics; U.K. Film Council
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Metro Tartan Distributors; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Ster-Kinekor; Tartan Films

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 13, 2006

Released in United States on Video July 3, 2007

Released in United States 2006

Released in United States August 2006

Released in United States October 2006

Shown at Tribeca Film Festival (Discovery) April 25 - May 7, 2006.

Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (British Gala) August 14-27, 2006.

Shown at Rome Film Festival (Alice Nella Citta) October 13-21, 2006.

Feature directorial debut for Jeremy Brock.

Released in United States Fall October 13, 2006 (NY, LA)

Released in United States on Video July 3, 2007

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at Tribeca Film Festival (Discovery) April 25 - May 7, 2006.)

Released in United States August 2006 (Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (British Gala) August 14-27, 2006.)

Released in United States October 2006 (Shown at Rome Film Festival (Alice Nella Citta) October 13-21, 2006.)