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Actors: Souleymane Sy Savane, Red West, Diane Franco Galindo
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
One man is filled with hope for a new life in America. The other is convinced there is nothing left to live for. Together, this odd couple will embark on a journey that will change them both forever. From acclaimed directo... more »
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David M. from SAINT LOUIS, MO
Reviewed on 6/14/2011...
Professionally filmed and well acted. However, this is essentially a downer-story about suicide that is not averted. Don't look here for a story to uplift your spirits or to learn a life-lesson. The very talented actors and producers have misused their gifts (God-given talents),to tell a story that will make you feel more sad and helpless than you were before watching the film! The producers commentary says, "This is how life really is." But who wants to purchase MORE negativity? Everyone's life is already full of sadness so don't waste your money purchasing another load.
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The cost of friendship
James M. Shertzer | Winston-Salem, NC USA | 08/26/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Though it owes a major debt to "Taste of Cherry," which the director has openly acknowledged, Bahrani's third feature is another impressive piece of work. It's better than "Chop Shop," which mostly succeeded on the strength of its atmosphere despite its failure to offer a satisfying ending, and almost up there with "Man Push Cart," his amazing first feature. Again, one of Bahrani's constant themes, the immigrant experience in the "land of opportunity," is a constant. But the center of the film is the brief but intense relationship of a Senegalese taxi driver in Winston-Salem, NC, and a gruff, alienated old man who seems to be preparing for a mountain-top suicide. Youth and hope versus old age and disappointment, the American dream vs. its failure; family love versus family dissolution, the joy of friendship versus its price, trying to change life versus accepting what is are all deftly woven through the narrative. Like Kelly Reichart ("Old Joy," "Wendy and Lucy"), Bahrani tells us little about his characters apart from what we observe ourselves, and leaves great blanks for viewers to fill in themselves. Some will likely find this infuriating, but it's true to life. We seldom get to know fully many of the people we meet. Still, you get to know the affable Solo and taciturn, embittered William very well, thanks to the script, direction and performances. The way they affect each other's lives will deeply move you if you take this film to heart."
Deeper than you expect
jon19003 | Philadelphia | 08/26/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"We saw this movie when it played locally. I was intrigued after reading Roger Ebert's thoughtful and enthusiastic supporting review after it played at Sundance. The two main actors, a cab driver from Senegal and a old, cantankerous man enter into a bargain that takes some time (think suspense)to unfold. Wonderful character development and gritty but good low light cinematography (in North Carolina) work really well in holding the audience... wondering which way each character will go. It's about lost and found dreams, unexpected kindness, and how some people need to control their destiny. Makes me want to go back to NC to see the countryside I missed."
Taxi . . .
Ronald Scheer | Los Angeles | 09/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Such a fine film, made from the simplest story elements and relying on the performances of two remarkable actors, Souleymane Sy Savane (as Solo) and Red West (as William). Set in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the film is clear from the first scene that one of the characters intends to commit suicide. Although they are strangers, the other man, a Senegalese cab driver, intends to prevent that from happening. Like a well-written short story, that simple premise is the taut thread that runs through this film to its end.
Firm believers in less-is-more, the filmmakers report in the commentary that only the actors playing the two central characters knew what the film was about. Around them are characters oblivious to what's at stake and being played by performers whose performances are thus wonderfully natural. Diana Franco Galindo is especially affecting as the young step-daughter of Solo. Just as fine for this reviewer as director Ramin Bahrani's "Chop Shop" and "Man Push Cart" - and each of them is a gem. The commentary on the DVD will be especially instructive for indie, low-budget filmmakers, as Bahrani and screenwriter Bahareh Azimi focus a great deal on the production of the film."