Goodbye Solo (2009)



Critic Consensus: An original and thoughtful human drama, Goodbye Solo looks at relationships and loneliness while proving director Ramin Bahrani's is an important American voice.

Movie Info

Goodbye Solo is the story of Solo, a kindhearted 34-year-old Senegalese taxi driver in North Carolina. He is hired by William, a tough 70-year-old white southerner, to drive him in two weeks time to a mountaintop from which William plans to jump to his death. Solo decides to charm his way into becoming William's friend, and this odd couple's unexpected friendship grows. Now all Solo has to do is change the old man's mind before the two weeks are up.

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ramin Bahrani, Bahareh Azimi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 25, 2009
Box Office: $0.8M
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Critic Reviews for Goodbye Solo

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (33)

Utterly engrossing dual-character study, unfolding with a serene disregard for indie quirkiness, Goodbye Solo radiates authenticity.

Full Review… | December 16, 2009
Top Critic

An endearing character piece shot through with beauty and humility in which, thanks to his leads' open, sometimes vulnerable performances, tolerance and respect take precedence.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Goodbye Solo feels lived-in rather than forced upon us. Bahrani, who is his own editor, and regular DP Michael Simmonds have a sad, solitary, streetlamp-lit feel for night-shift rhythms.

Full Review… | September 29, 2015
Stop Smiling

Goodbye Solo relies on forced character dynamics and two clunkily directed, monotonous turns, in a milieu...that fails to take satisfactory shape.

Full Review… | October 20, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

As a diary of travels in multiculti America, it's in the same bag as The Visitor, for better or worse.

Full Review… | August 18, 2011
East Bay Express

A marvel of pathos and pace

Full Review… | November 6, 2010

Audience Reviews for Goodbye Solo

Nothing short of Excellent. About a man who is about to end his life, and Solo played by Souléymane Sy Savané does everything he can't to prevent it from happing. Not one you will see on any film list but a top ten in my book. 5 Stars. Filmed in and around Blowing Rock North Carolina.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


It deserved more attention.This small,independent movie easily touches our heart.

Reza Mohseni

Super Reviewer

a beautiful piece of cinema and one of the more underrated films of 2009. a very unique story and incredible performance by savane, the story is stripped down to nothing but the essentials. the film poses dozens of questions and answers only a few of them, but for this story it doesnt detract. we only know what solo knows, and its better that way. excellent film.

danny d

Super Reviewer

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