The Soloist

Synopsis: In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez more than his face from a recent bike accident was his pressing need for story ideas. That is when he discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent, even through his half-broken instruments. Inspired by his story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to do more to help both him and the rest of the underclass of LA have a better life. However, Lopez's good intentions run headlong in the hard realities of the strength of Ayers' personal demons and the larger social injustices facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Ayers must find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations to hope for a brighter future for both of them.
Director(s): Joe Wright
Production: Dreamworks/Paramount
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

- Let me check my e-mails.

I think it would be a good idea for you.

I'm glad you feel that way. I just did that.

What do you think?

The thought in my mind is,

"No, thank you."

It was funny.

People love it when you bleed.

- Readers.

- Busted.

What is that? What do you call that,

what you just did?

- Transference.

- Freud.

Freud. Thank you. No.

Sorry about the face.

- I hate needles.

- So use it.

Originally used as a camp by settlers

outside of what was then

the village of Los Angeles,

it was called La Plaza Abaja,

or the Lower Plaza.

Stevie Wonder fan?

My Cherie Amour is the song of my life.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

But you really shouldn't write

on a violin like that

because you have to treat a violin

like a child, you have to protect it.

You only got two strings.

All I want to do is play music,

and here's the problem

that I'm having right here.

This one's gone, this one's gone,

this little one's out of commission.

But you get that in

Cleveland public schools.

A lot of military statues in Cleveland.

- A very military-oriented city.

- Is that where you're from?

You're not gonna get musicians

on parade there.

You got Severance Hall there.

You have The Music Settlement.

Ohio State University.

Whereas in Los Angeles, you have

Los Angeles PD, you have LA Times,

you have Los Angeles Lakers.

Those are armies, too.

Military regimentation, experimentation,

Roman gable, Roman Catholicism,

Colonel Sanders,

- but this guy right here is...

- Colonel Sanders.

...the quarterback with the orchestra.

Now the cello could back this guy

with the same moves,

but the cello can't be concert master.

No. He leads out, this was

Itzhak Perlman, Jascha Heifetz.

You can't play music

in the winter in Cleveland

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Susannah Grant

Susannah Grant (born January 4, 1963) is an American screenwriter and director. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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