Magazine article New Internationalist

Goodbye Solo

Magazine article New Internationalist

Goodbye Solo

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Goodbye Solo (91 minutes)

directed and co-written by Ramin Bahrani

Souléymane, known as Solo, is a Senegalese cabbie in WinstonSalem, North Carolina. One night he picks up William, who's twice his age and seems to be planning to kill himself. Solo has a pregnant girlfriend, is outgoing, energetic and has ambitions - he's studying to become a flight attendant. William is alone and seems as tired of life as it's possible to be. It's not just his looks - the creased face, the sore-looking eyes - but his whole way of being. He's resolutely distant and taciturn, and his tough-minded lack of sentimentality suggests a hard life.

Solo won't accept William's isolation and tries to bring him out of himself and to find out about his life. He follows William, looks through his bags, asks questions. At one point William sets his boundaries with a hard punch to Solo's face. …

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