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R| 1 hr. 31 min.

Plot Summary
Solo (Souléymane Sy Savané) is a Senegalese cab driver in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, working hard to provide for his wife and child. When he picks up William (Red West), an old man with seemingly nothing left to live for, Solo makes it his personal mission to convince William that life is worth living, despite William's insistence that he just wants to be left alone. As they reveal more of their lives, both men realize they need each other more than either is willing to admit.

Cast: Souléymane Sy Savané , Red West , Diana Franco Galindo , Lane 'Roc' Williams , Mamadou Lam , Carmen Leyva ,

Director: Ramin Bahrani

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: Roadside Attractions

Goodbye Solo (2008)

Release Date: March 27th, 2009|1 hr. 31 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 6 )
  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Almost frighteningly alive. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A quietly soulful study of two very different men. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It is both funny and sad, placid and provocative and, above all, hopeful and despairing. show more

  • April 22, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Good human drama movie but over-rated by critics.

  • September 06, 2009 Walden III
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    The acting was good. The plot more than poor - this film is an expanded art movie with pretensions of intellectual superlatives – which failed miserably. At the heart of this movie is a kernel of desire by the author/producer/director to elevate other cultures and races and to diminish and depress western culture as pathetic and depressed. I beg to differ. From Aristotle and Plato, Cicero and Marcus Aurelius, St. Augustine, Abelard, Galileo, Keppler, More and Erasmus, from Petrarch and Michelangelo, DaVinci, Bacon, Newton, Voltaire, Shakespeare, John Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Montaigne, DesCarte, Hugo, Dreiser, Hemingway, Marquez, Einstein, GW Carver, and a host of others (of all races and cultures who embraced western culture) that has made western civilization the shining light on the mountain – the plot of Goodby Solo is but a slug that worms its way through the slime of envy in order to diminish, not to expand and merge the brilliance of culture. Frankly, I sense at heart this is a movie about hate – about a minority of people who hate American culture. It’s a good think that Oprah bankrolled this movie, which only captured only an audience that despises western culture. It’s time that America and western culture stop apologizing for its greatness, and move on in

  • May 31, 2009 judyeberhart
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    I thought the acting was good and kept wanting to like this film but, in the end it just put me to sleep. I was very disappointed in this film and would not recommend.

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