Sylvie’s Love is a throwback to Hollywood’s Golden Age era. Not only because of the technical aspects, in which director Eugene Ashe (also writing the script) used grainy visuals, he also shot the soundstage to produce an artificial setting but captivated the eye of classic romances. The spirit of this film is also “very Golden Age”. A romance set in the 1950s to 1960s, where love is overwhelming, as if it were everything. Among modern romances, a similar impression is shared by A Star is Born (2018), whose original film also dates from that era (1937). Top Movie Site
There is only one difference. Golden Age will not provide shows with the theme of black love. Even now, it is still difficult to find a black love story that is not filled with racial problems or other human traumas. As the title suggests, Sylvie’s Love is simply about the love of Sylvie Parker (Tessa Thompson), who while working at her father’s music shop, continues to hang on to her dream of becoming a television show producer. There he met Robert Halloway (Nnamdi Asomugha) who applied for a job at the shop.
Interest immediately arose between them. Karisma Robert, who was also a saxophonist in a jazz quartet, immediately captivated Sylvie. The problem was that Sylvie was engaged. Unlike Robert, who only regularly plays music at the club, Sylvie’s future husband, Lacy (Alano Miller), is a successful businessman from an upper-class family. The opening scene shows that Sylvie and Robert had separated since their first meeting. But will separation also be the end of their story? Best Movie
If you are familiar with a series of classic shows that always put the love of the protagonist on the big test, you will not be surprised to find that Sylvie and Robert had lived separately for five years. Robert was successful with his band, while Sylvie started a career in the television industry, while serving as wife and mother. At that point, Ashe’s script is able to make the audience understand the various problems and achievements in the careers of the two main characters, without having to drown the love story as the main focus.
And as already mentioned, Sylvie’s Love moves away from the demands of incorporating social conflict. As a window to reality, a little casual racism does need to be inserted, for example when the wife of Lacy’s business partner said to Sylvie, “I couldn’t tell that your husband is a n **** on the telephone. He has such a good diction ”. But beyond that, Sylvie’s Love fully shows two humans fighting for their love.
The music by Fabrice Lecomte reinforces a jazzy vibe, while occasionally shifting to magnificent orchestration whenever emotional intensity increases. The two actors are the same. Tessa Thompson moves like a jazz rhythm with flavors, while Nnamdi Asomugha, with her deep voice and facial expressions, defines the phrase “feeling blue”. The two of them have strong chemistry, which makes me not care about the cliche that the film still shows (example: a misunderstanding scene of a character who witnesses his girlfriend making out with other people from afar). Afterall, this is a throwback to romance from yesteryear. Clichéness is a must. Movie Review