TIFF 2014 Film #11
Reason for pick: Director Isabel Coixet, My Life Without Me, The Secret Lives of Words
TIFF 2014 People’s Choice Award 1st runner up.
Director Isabel Coixet is known for her unflinching dramas. From the two I’ve seen she’s not afraid to focus on difficult subjects without the crutch of melodrama and violins. It was a bit surprising, then, to see the comedic turn she’s taken with Learning to Drive. I’ve subsequently read that stars Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley so enjoyed working with each other, and working with Coixet on Elegy, back in 2008, that they brought the script for Learning to Drive to her.
Earlier in the festival I saw a film, Bird People, that…