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Driveways (2019)Driveways (2019)

Driveways (2019)

A quiet story of three loners brought together by unlikely circumstances

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.0

movie

United States of America

English

Easy, Feel-Good, Slice-of-Life

2019

Andrew Ahn

Bill Buell, Brian Dennehy, Christine Ebersole

84 min

Synopsis

Eight-year-old Cody is spending the summer in an unfamiliar setting with his mom Kathy. Though he can't relate to the neighbourhood kids, things take an unexpected turn when he develops an unusual friendship with grouchy old Del from next door.

Our Take

8.0
Bilal Zouheir

This beautiful drama is set over a summer in New York State. Kathy and her son Cody drive to her estranged sister’s house, who had just passed. Kathy plans to quickly sell the house and go back to her normal life but that doesn’t happen when she learns that her sister was a hoarder. Forced to spend more time cleaning the house, her son sparks a friendship with the next-door neighbor, an old Korean War veteran. 

Now, I know what you’re thinking, Gran Torino, right? The initial set up is the same but in Driveways is much more realistic, and its characters don’t really need to be redeemed (no one is screaming “get off my lawn” with a shotgun). In fact, the actor who plays the old man, the fantastic Brian Dennehy, brings so much kindness and heart to the story. It ended up his last movie before his passing, and what a beautiful farewell his performance is.

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