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California Solo

California Solo
  • 2012
  • US
  • 93 min
  • Directed by: Marshall Lewy
  • Cast: Robert Carlyle, Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite, A Martinez, Michael Des Barres, Danny Masterson

Robert Carlyle gives a fine performance as a washed up Britpop musician living in the USA who is forced to face his demons when a drink-driving arrest results in the threat of deportation back to the country he took flight from. Although well crafted and with a dedicated performance from Carlyle, it lacks originality.

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California Solo

A former legend of the Britpop scene struggles to forget his past and maintain his life in the USA. Robert Carlyle portrays the once successful musician who has settled into a life of farm work and anonymity in an effort to control his demons. What weighs greatest on his mind is the untimely death of his brother and bandmate. Eventually a drunken conviction and the threat of deportation shatter his emotional isolation and force him to face his past.

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California Solo

27 Jun 20123 stars

Robert Carlyle gives a fine performance as a washed up Britpop musician forced to face his demons

Screenwriter and director Marshall Lewy apparently wrote the role of burnt-out Scottish rock guitarist and former star of the nineties Britpop music scene Lachlan MacAldonich specifically for his leading man Robert Carlyle. It’s certainly a canny…

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