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Goodbye Solo

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Goodbye Solo

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
91 minutes
Limited Release Date:
03/27/09
performer:
Souleymane Sy Savane, Diana Franco Galindo, Navani Reyes
director:
Ramin Bahrani
distributor:
Roadside Attractions
author:
Bahareh Azimi, Ramin Bahrani
genre:
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a B+

William (Red West) is a suicidal geezer who’s like a hostile old cowboy. The moment he starts to snap at Solo (Souléymane Sy Savané), a Senegalese-born taxi driver in Winston-Salem, N.C., the kind, striving, smiley-faced Solo decides to be his buddy and protector. A cynic might peg their young/old, black/white, happy/crotchety chemistry as a convention. But Goodbye Solo director, Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop), slowly weaves the two men’s lives together by stitching in little pockets of mystery, and the result is a playful, elusive movie that isn’t so much heartwarming as soul-cleansing. B+

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