There's been a lot of love lately over at Hammer to Nail with regards to American director Ramin Bahrani. First, producer Anne Carey wrote about why she loves his main creative collaborator, cinematographer Michael Simmonds. Next, I had a hearty soup of a conversation with Bahrani after MoMA paid him the honor of devoting an early career retrospective to him. And now, I've posted my review of Bahrani's third feature, Goodbye Solo.
We are living through troubled times, people. Goodbye Solo doesn't provide any cheap, easy answers, but the mere fact that Bahrani could have gotten this film made is an utter inspiration. That the film is one of the more tender, humane, and fully realized works of the year only makes it that much more of a thrill. If you're going to support one movie this weekend—or whenever it happens to open in your nearby town—support Goodbye Solo. You won't be disappointed.