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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
Cast
Souleymane Sy Savane
Red West
Carmen Leyva.
Directors
Ramin Bahrani.
Screenwriters
Ramin Bahrani.
Running Time
91 minutes

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Goodbye Solo
It's still a wonderful life.


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Plot
Cab driver with his own personal problems sets out to prove to seventy-something suicide rick that life is worth living.


Review
Goodbye Solo
Disconcerted by being booked ten days in advance by the morose Red West for a one-way trip to Blowing Rock National Park, cabby Souleymane Sy Savane sets out to reconnect the suicidal seventy-something with life in this Capra-corn update. Shelving his own problems with pregnant wife Carmen Leyva (who disapproves of his plan to become a flight attendant), Savane slowly ingratiates himself into West’s empty existence.

Desperate for acceptance, Savane radiates genial optimism, while West reeks of self-loathing. But while they forge an uneasy bond, Bahrani avoids obvious sentiment to expose the growing insularity of modern society.


Verdict
Subtle and unflinching, this is genuine and charming.


Reviewed by Patrick Peters

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