Brian Dennehy’s award-worthy performance of a monologue in the finale, is preceded by the narration of the story of the friendship of a lonely boy with the ill-tempered widower next door, a Korean war veteran who will rediscover his kindness (and other long-forgotten values) thanks to the young boy. A distant nod to “Gran Torino”, a vastly emotional therapeutic indie film or else one of those precious films which prove their worth in tears.
USA | 2019 | COLOR | DCP | 83' | ENGLISH
A mother and her 8 year-old son, Americans of Asian origin, reach the suburban house of her once alienated now dead sister to empty the house. A widower lives next door, a Korea veteran (Brian Dennehy), solemn, lost in his troubles.
It’s only natural to feel you’re in the land of ‘Gran Torino’ when the film begins and indeed the pattern of reaching out and of the universal humanity is a common ground. But then ‘Driveways’, a polished, gentle, classy indie film ready for bigger audiences, leads to roads of people healing their wounds and to a great discussion about the times of human life. Lyrical, benevolent, with an utterly sweet ending, ‘Driveways’ turns right and safely to ‘audience awards’ – among others. I.D.
DIRECTOR: Andrew Ahn
SCREENWRITERS: Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen
DoP: Ki Jin Kim
MUSIC: Jay Wadley
EDITOR: Katherine McQuerrey
PRINCIPAL CAST: Brian Dennehy, Hong Chau, Lucas Jaye, Christine Ebersole, Jerry Adler
Korean-American director born in Los Angeles. He studied English Literature at Brown and got his MA in Film from the Institute of Arts in California. Bred at Sundance, Ahn has attended all workshops of screenwriting and directing there, gaining a series of scholarships. ‘Driveways’ is his second film.
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