Amazon’s Sylvie’s Love is set in the steamy New York summer in the late 1950s, as Sylvie (Tessa Thompson), a young woman from a well-to-do family, meets talented saxophonist Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha) when he applies for a job at her family’s record store.
Though sparks fly from the start, Sylvie is already engaged and Robert’s career is starting to take off. But they continue to see each other until life drags them in separate directions.
Sylvie goes on to become an assistant to a black woman TV producer on a cooking show, then a TV producer in her own right, as well as a mother and wife to Lacy (Alano Miller), her fiance, while dealing with the racist and misogynist climate of the times.
Robert becomes successful with his band, but back in America, finds stiff competition for gigs from the rise of Motown in addition to dealing with power struggles within the band.
However, this wouldn’t be a love story if they stayed apart, and fate finds a way to bring them together…even if it’s a few years later.
Director Eugene Ashe has created a beautiful film, and Tessa Thompson is amazing in the role of Sylvie. Everything from the script to the costume design really sells the period the film is set in. The supporting cast is strong, too.
Sylvie’s Love is a lush slice of life in the late 50’s/early 60’s, that weaves itself around a deliciously subtle, yet complicated and somewhat illicit, love story, set to some beautiful jazz music. It’s a lovely film.
I’m giving Sylvie’s Love a 4.5 out of 5. It’s streaming now on Amazon Prime.
Director: Eugene Ashe
Cast: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Aja Naomi King, Alano Miller, Eva Longoria, Lance Reddick, Jemima Kirke, Wendi McLendon-Covey
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