Posts from 18th October 2009

Oct 09

Going Solo

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Solo is an awesome name. Think of the great movie characters who use it. Intergalactic rogue Han Solo, suave UNCLE agent Napoleon Solo. To these ranks we now add Senegalese cab driver Solo, from the film Goodbye Solo who in his own eyes is equally heroic. Though actually, he is not quite as exciting as the other two. But hey, he’s in an arthouse film, what does he expect. Well I’ll tell him what not to expect: adventure, escapism and a happy ending. Because whilst Solo is the optimistic heart of Goodbye Solo, it is the shit life throws at him that is the meat and potato of the movie. He drives a cab in a shitty little town, but he rents the cab because his own one has broken down. He is in a relationship with a woman who doesn’t take him seriously. He is training to become an air steward, and is finding the tests hard. He is a Senegalese immigrant trying his best to provide for his parents back home, and provide for his girlfriend and her daughter.