Driving Lessons | 2006

Drama, Comedy
A coming of age story about a shy teenage boy who tries to escape from his domineering mother.

Cast

... Ben Marshall

Actor

... Evie Walton

Actor

... Laura

Actor

... Robert

Actor

... Sarah

Actor

... Bryony

Actor

... Mr. Fincham

Actor

... Peter

Actor

... Trendy Mum

Actor

... Emma Pagent

Actor

... Store

Actor

... Chandra

Actor

Company

Rubber Tree Plant

Production Company

U.K. Film Council

Financier

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?

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