Driveways

Sep

24

Date: September 24, 2021

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center

Price: $7/each

2020 (Not Rated) 83 min. USA
Director: Andrew Ahn
Cast: Hong Chau, Lucas Jaye, Brian Dennehy

Kathy, a single mother, travels with her shy eight-year-old son Cody to Kathy’s late sister’s house which they plan to clean and sell. As Kathy realizes how little she knew about her sister, Cody develops an unlikely friendship with Del, the Korean War vet and widower who lives next door. Over the course of a summer, and with Del’s encouragement, Cody develops the courage to come out of his shell and, along with his mother, finds a new place to call home. In one of his last roles, Dennehy is perfect in this story, with the director’s camera packing a lot into the way he sits alone at a dining table, or shares a couple of laughs with his friends at bingo, or the brief tidbits he offers about his late wife Vera, or when he is seemingly lost in the color and size of a local grocery store. A beautiful farewell from Brian Dennehy in one of the screen highlights of 2020.

“What resonates is the movie’s understanding of how we come and go through life, of how a house becomes a home, of how even the smallest acts of kindness can open doors that never quite close.” – Roxana Hadadi, PAJIBA

“For a movie about isolation and the risk of reaching out, it’s a generous example of how nourishing a sense of connection really is.” – David Fear, ROLLING STONE

“This is one of those quiet gems where we get dropped into the lives of a handful of characters at what turns out to be a crucial turning point in all their lives.” – Scott Marks, SAN DIEGO READER

“This is such a lovely, delicate, and quietly moving film.” – Christy Lemire, NPR LOS ANGELES

“. . . A sweet, understated masterpiece, simply told, of human connection.” – G. Allen Johnson, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE