Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, Trainspotting) has a penchant for portraying the forlorn near do-gooder who finds his way haplessly through life, and that’s a true compliment. Carlyle, centers himself adeptly as Lachlan MacAldonich, a former British pop rocker who has strayed 360 degrees from his former life in the indy release, CALIFORNIA SOLO, from Strand Releasing, playing in theaters, nationwide.
Lachlan has run into trouble with the authorities and has to reconcile matters else be deported, the latter he vehemently opposes. With no real money to speak of for his defense throwing him at the mercy of whatever legal defenders will take his case, he faces a dire decision.
Fortunately or not, his best option is to plead a hardship case that will prove his deportation presents a hardship in the life of someone significant. Who would that be? His friends are marginally loyal and his meager job offers no solution.
Behold, Lachlan’s teenage daughter from a previous relationship gone awry is troubled. It has been recommended that forging a relationship with her father may represent some sense of emotional stability. The catch, her mother hates Lachlan.
This saga bleeds with empathy and we see a course of action, unpredictable. A film worth seeing, acclaimed as one of Carlyle’s most endearing roles. The Huffington Post calls CALIFORNIA SOLO, “a touching drama…”
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