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Goodbye Solo
Iranian-American director Ramin Bahrani explores the relationship between a Senegalese cab driver and a 70-year-old white man who offers him $1,000 to drop him off at a cliff and leave him there.
 

Directed by Ramin Bahrani
(Not Rated)

****

A taxi driver and his customer form an unlikely friendship.

Goodbye Solo is a “great American film,” said Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times. Iranian-American director Ramin Bahrani’s heartbreaking film explores the “desire to help and the desire to not be helped.” Solo (Souleymane Sy Savane) is a Senegalese cab driver in Winston-Salem, N.C. One day he picks up a 70-year-old white man named William (Red West), who offers to pay Solo $1,000 if he will drive him to the cliff of Blowing Rock Mountain and leave him there. Unwilling to accept this notion of giving up on life, the “miraculously resilient” Solo injects himself into William’s life over the next week, said Dana Stevens in Slate.com. Bahrani explores this unusual relationship with “great intelligence and quiet assurance,” allowing both characters “their complexity, their contradictions, and, ultimately, their privacy.” Bahrani doesn’t resort to sentimentality or “mine for hope where there is none to be found,” said Scott Foundas in The Village Voice. Goodbye Solo is something more than another Driving Miss Daisy. It’s an original, quietly profound film about class and race in America.

 

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