Goodbye Solo (film)

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Goodbye Solo
Goodbye Solo poster.jpg
Directed byRamin Bahrani
Produced byRamin Bahrani
Jason Orans
Written byBahareh Azimi
Ramin Bahrani
StarringSouléymane Sy Savané
Red West
Distributed byAxiom Films (UK and Ireland)
Release date
  • August 31, 2008 (2008-08-31) (Venice)
  • March 27, 2009 (2009-03-27) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$826,763

Goodbye Solo is a 2008 American independent film written and directed by Ramin Bahrani. It premiered as an official selection of the 2008 Venice Film Festival where it won the international film critic's FIPRESCI award for best film, and later had its North American premiere at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. The film is distributed by Roadside Attractions. The film exhibits significant thematic and plot similarities to Abbas Kiarostami's 1997 film Taste of Cherry.[1]


Solo, a Senegalese cab driver, is working to provide a better life for his young family in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. William, an old man with a lifetime of regrets, hires Solo to take him to Blowing Rock, a peak in which updrafts cause objects that are dropped from it to fly upwards. William does not ask for a ride back from the rock and is obviously depressed, so Solo assumes that the old man intends to commit suicide there. Solo befriends William, in hopes of talking him out of ending his life. He introduces William to his wife and his stepdaughter Alex, hoping to inspire the old man with the joys of life.



Goodbye Solo won the Venice Film Festival’s FIPRESCI International Critics Prize. It was hailed as "A force of nature!" by Roger Ebert. The New York Times' A.O. Scott said it has " uncanny ability to enlarge your perception of the world." Eric M. Armstrong, critic at The Moving Arts Film Journal, placed Goodbye Solo at #5 on his list of the best films of the decade (2000–2009).


FIPRESCI International Film Critics Award - Best Film, Venice Film Festival 2008.

On December 1, 2009 it was announced that Souleymane Sy Savane was nominated for Best Male Lead for the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards.


  1. ^ "Ramin Bahrani's 'Goodbye Solo' tells a new American tale". Retrieved 2010-12-23.

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