In a very joyous Christmas week move, Amazon is releasing Sylvie’s Love.
Sylvie’s Love opens in New York in the late 1950s and tells the story of Sylvie (Tessa Thompson) who is spending the summer “working” at the family record store, owned by her father Mr Jay (Lance Reddick). One day while working, Sylvie catches the eye of struggling, crazy-talented jazz saxophonist Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), who takes a job in the store just to be near her. The couple face a few roadblocks, most notably Sylvie being engaged to Lacy (Alano Miller), and just as there is joy in their lives, Robert’s band gets a contract touring Europe thanks to their manage (Jemima Kirke). Sylvie is obsessed with television and wants to be a producer, a tricky ambition for a person of colour during this time.
Will these two star-crossed lovers overcome the hurdles or is it all going to be too much?
The script, by Eugene Ashes juggles multiple time frames of Sylvie’s story as she aims for her dream to be working in television while Robert juggles his musical aspirations. From its opening scene, it’s clear we are in for a scrumptious treat as we are immediately transported to the 50s, with dazzling costumes and music that is so perfectly timed to the story and flows so wonderfully.
Tessa Thompson is without a doubt magnetic as Sylvie and the chemistry she shares with Nnamdi Asomugha certainly helps your escape into this film. Casting also includes Aja Naomi King as Sylvie’s cousin Mona, and Eva Longoira also makes a welcome appearance.
The 50s are considered the golden age of cinema so be sure to take a trip back in time for a golden love story.
Sylvie’s Love premieres on Amazon on December 23.