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California Solo (2012)

California Solo

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

November 30, 2012 (Limited)

Duration

94 min.

Studio

Strand Releasing

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Marshall Lewy

Producer

Mynette Louie

Screenwriter

Marshall Lewy

Starring

  • Robert Carlyle as Lachlan MacAldonich
  • Alexia Rasmussen
  • Danny Masterson as Paul
  • Kathleen Wilhoite
  • A Martinez
  • Patrick Gallagher
  • Michael Des Barres
  • William Russ
  • Ella Joyce

Story


Lachlan MacAldonich (Robert Carlyle) is former Britpop rocker who has settled into a comfortably numb existence in farm country just outside Los Angeles. By day, he works on an organic farm and travels regularly to the city's farmers' markets to sell produce. By night, he retreats to his crummy apartment to record "Flame-Outs," his podcast that recounts the tragic deaths of great musicians. The only spark in his humdrum existence is Beau (Alexia Rasmussen), a lovely struggling actress and amateur chef who frequents the Silver Lake farmers' market.

One night, Lachlan gets pulled over for a DUI, a charge that dredges up his past drug offense and threatens him with deportation. Lachlan's only hope of staying in the U.S. is proving that his removal would cause "extreme hardship" to a U.S. citizen spouse or relative. Lachlan contacts his estranged ex-wife and daughter, raising past demons that he must finally confront.

"California Solo" is a touching, human story about post-fame life and personal redemption.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..familiar melodrama and is not without cliche, the minor-key film benefits from Robert Carlyle's soulful performance in the central role, bouncing back and forth between dulled resignation and self-destructive anger..”
by David Rooney [Hollywood Reporter]
“..odd and interesting little sleeper..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]
“..forgettable sophomore effort..”
by Robert Koehler [Variety]