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Review: Sylvie’s Love (2020) Talking to Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha: VideoTALK

A film that reminds you about the good things in life like love and ambition…. and music, a much needed tonic in these times of uncertainty, with a backdrop of a soundtrack featuring music by Fabrice Lecomte (Dead Heat). New York-based Lecomte has created the heart and soul of the romantic drama with his emotive orchestrations and his keen knack for jazz—both styles crucial to the film’s storyline.

In Sylvie’s Love, Tessa Thompson (Sylvie) and Nmadi Asomugha (Robert) embark on a music fueled love affair to the sounds of smooth jazz and the smoldering hot New York summer of 1957. Robert who is a saxophonist, spends late nights playing behind a less-talented but well-known bandleader, as member of a jazz quartet. Sylvie is a women well ahead of her time with dreams of a career in television, she spends her summer days helping out her father in his record store, waiting for her fiancé to return from war.

The two ignite a friendship that deepens far beyond what they could have imagined when Robert takes a part-time job at the record store. But the end of the summer sees life pulling them apart, the relationship ends. The months turn to years, Sylvie’s TV producer dreams have blossomed, while Robert deals with what the arrival of Motown is doing to the popularity of Jazz.

When Sylvie and Robert cross paths again, despite both their lives being different how they feel about each other has not changed. Throughout the movie Thompson and Asomugha maintain a chemistry as smooth as the notes on Robert’s saxophone. Written and directed by Eugene Ashe romance and music drive this love story brilliantly. The price you have to pay for love is never easy but in the end it is worth it. Right? Sylvie’s Love is available on Amazon Prime from the 23 of December.

Tessa Thompson … Sylvie
Nnamdi Asomugha … Robert
Eva Longoria … Carmen
Aja Naomi King … Mona
Wendi McLendon-Covey … Lucy
Jemima Kirke … Countess
Tone Bell … Dickie Brewster
Alano Miller … Lacy
Regé-Jean Page … Chico
Lance Reddick … Herbert
John Magaro … Sid
Ron Funches … Tank
Ryan Michelle Bathe … Kate
Erica Gimpel- Eunice

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