Written May 06, 2009
An exceptionally good film. Not "action-packed", but psychologically shrew, with excellent acting
Written April 14, 2009
One of the best movies I've seen in a while. It made me want to see the director's previous films.The story is touching. The characters well-crafted. A friend of mine who went with me was bothered by the fact that one of the character's (William) story wasn't fully explained. I didn't have a problem with that. For me it was Solo's story and all that mattered was how William impacted him. I would recommend this movie to everyone.
Written April 01, 2009
My husband and I thought that Goodbye Solo was brilliant and beautiful.
Written April 03, 2009
But See Good Bye Solo. Souleymane Sy Savane makes a stunning film debut in this independent film portriat of a Senegalese Cab driver with a warm heart and dreams of a better future. Souleymane performance is worth the $12:50 and Red West delivers in he first starring role of his 50 year career.
Written March 29, 2009
"Goodbye Solo" is real and true filmmaking at its finest. It is shot simply and unpretentiously, with an elegance that seems not only unaware of itself, but disinterested in the very concepts of accolade or recognition.
Some independent filmmakers strive for a raw, uber-realistic, "real people living real life" observant style of moviemaking, but few seem to really hit the fine and elusive note that floats somewhere between intentionally nonchalant and cinematically compelling. Yes: "real people, real life, shot simply" can be inherently powerful...but only when the people and their trials are captivating and worthwhile. If I wanted "real" without a purpose, I'd watch Andy Warfhol's "Sleep".
Rahmin Bahrani's "Goodbye Solo" strikes that balance, just beautifully. Two main characters, a handful of supporting characters...and I found myself touched and enthralled by a little movie that is so very simple, and tragic, and beautiful, on so many levels.
See it. You'll love it.