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Goodbye Solo

Director: Ramin Bahrani

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  2008

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Synopsis

Winner of the prestigious FIPRESCI International Critics' Prize at the Venice Film Festival, GOODBYE SOLO is the latest film from young, internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, Man Push Cart), one of the architects of popularly termed American 'neo-neorealism' and recently hailed 'the new great American director' by eminent critic Roger Ebert.

Featuring the irresistible pairing of first-time actor Souléymane Sy Savané with former Elvis bodyguard Red West, GOODBYE SOLO is an uplifting exploration of morality at the very heart of a poignant tale of unlikely friendship.

Solo, a Senegalese immigrant driving a taxi in North Carolina, has aspirations of becoming a flight attendant and help provide a better life for his pregnant wife and step-daughter. One night he picks up William, a tough Southern old-timer with a lifetime of regrets. One man's dream is just beginning, while the other's is quickly winding down. But despite their differences, both men soon realise they need each other more than either is willing to admit.

Through this unforgettable friendship, GOODBYE SOLO skillfully explores the passing of a generation as well as the rapidly changing face of the world in which we live.

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Cast

Starring:  Souléymane Sy Savané, Red West

Credits

Director: Ramin Bahrani

Writer(s):  Ramin Bahrani, Bahareh Azimi

Producers:  Jason Orans, Ramin Bahrani

Editor:  Ramin Bahrani

Cinematographer:  Michael Simmonds

Production Details

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  2008

Language:  English

Duration:  91 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

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Genre(s): 

  • Drama

Theatrical Release Date:  9th October 2009

DVD Release Date:  8th February 2010

Reviews

FINANCIAL TIMES

"hypnotic... mesmerising"

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THE IRISH INDEPENDENT

"stunningly original, startlingly fresh... absolutely compelling from first to last frame"

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THE IRISH INDEPENDENT

TIME OUT

"an absorbing, endearing character piece shot through with beauty and humility"

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PETER BRADSHAW, THE GUARDIAN

"an instantly gripping, funny, quietly persuasive drama that held me from the first frames. Souleymane Sy Savane gives a superbly likeable performance as Solo"

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ROGER EBERT, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

"Bahrani is the new great American director"

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ROGER EBERT, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

SIGHT AND SOUND

"The best film yet from writer-director Ramin Bahrani... a simmering, acutely observed character piece"

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SIGHT AND SOUND

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