'Sylvie’s Love’ Is A Modern Day Love Story Set In The Past
Written by BET on December 14, 2020
In a time of mass confusion and challenges, the likes of which none of us have seen earlier than, Sylvie’s Love, is that breath of recent air that we so tremendously want. And whereas the movie is about passion and romance, additionally it is about innocence and decided need to interrupt glass ceilings.
The film, written and directed by Eugene Ashe, frames the journey of two characters attempting to navigate the rub between holding on to or giving up on the one factor they desperately wish to do in life. This dichotomy drives the plot and the connection between Sylvie (Tessa Thompson, who’s an govt producer of the movie) and Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha, who can also be a producer). Their battle just isn’t solely in the midst of motion they take to search out one another however in the end what they have to do to search out themselves.
Set within the late 50s and early 60s, the film begins with Sylvie in New York Metropolis standing exterior of a Nancy Wilson live performance. Her completely matched vibrant blue outfit harkens again to a extra prim and correct period when males wore hats and ladies wore gloves and dressed to replicate a way of each vogue, operate and stylistic satisfaction. This fantastically crafted second by Ashe is definitely what received over Asomugha to become involved within the challenge.
“I learn the script, and it had this beautiful Black lady popping out of a taxicab in the midst of Instances Sq. in 1957,” mentioned Asomugha in an interview with BET.com. “She was operating to the theater, and it was raining. She forgets to pay the cab driver, and the man is yelling at her as she is attempting to make it to a Nancy Wilson live performance. I used to be carried out.”
This scene —like many others throughout the movie— on the floor could seem typical of films set throughout that interval. Besides, there aren’t many movies of that point that so methodically tells the story of a burgeoning love between a Black man and a Black lady with a largely Black forged. “It drew me in, and I cherished that we would be able to inform a narrative about Black folks throughout that point,” mentioned Asomugha.
Thompson, recognized for her movies, “Pricey White Individuals,” “Creed,” and “Creed II,” needed her subsequent challenge to be each traditionally and emotionally advanced.
“I’ve at all times needed to make a sprawling love story and do a interval movie and I by no means imagined that I may do each of these issues directly and in addition play a central character as a result of that continues to be a rarified factor in Hollywood,” mentioned Thompson to BET.com.
In enjoying Sylvie, Thompson discovered a unique sort of motivation. Though the plot facilities on this love story between these two folks, it additionally hits on awakening of self-love and religion in a single’s personal skills. Please make no mistake; Sylvie is way from what one may contemplate a stereotypical 1950s spouse. She is aware of who she is and decided in her steadfast pursuit to get what she desires out of life. After all, being each Black and female, the trail is riddled with hurdles. There are a number of occasions when Sylvie should select between being an appeasing spouse or take the required steps to pursue her goals.
“I really feel fortunate in my private life. I come from a supportive household, however by way of gender, there have been moments when my contribution inside one thing is diminished,” mentioned Thompson. “I really feel as girls; we’re nonetheless unpacking the patriarchy. So that’s one thing I perceive as Sylvie tries to determine her goals. Not in relation to what her buddies, household, and society at massive inform her is feasible however her true wishes. And, I like that she is instructed that her goals are attainable by one other Black lady within the movie.”
This realization of the potential for what one can obtain by means of seeing faces that appear to be you is simply as related in 2020 because it was again then. Girls of colour nonetheless grapple with racism, colorism, sexism and all the opposite isms that marginalize us.
“It is crucial for me to domesticate relationships with different Black girls within the trade,” Thompson continues. “After we get alternatives to be in positions of energy, we should invite extra of us into the room.”
That invitation can also be open to the brothers. Thompson credit working with Asomugha as “a present.” His portrayal of the gifted jazz saxophonist, Robert, doesn’t come with out his personal struggles. Whereas Robert and Sylvie begin out as buddies, their love rapidly blossoms, however when Sylvie turns into profitable, Robert falters and the couple is confronted with a unique set of challenges.
Asomugha, the one-time professional defensive again who retired after an 11-year career in the NFL, has now turned his sights on Hollywood. Asomugha starred within the Amazon Studios movie Crown Heights in 2018 to rave evaluations and says with this character, he really understands what it means to must pivot your passions and alter your course in life.
“John Coltrane was the particular person Robert seemed as much as. He needed to be pretty much as good as him or higher. He needed to be the world’s biggest saxophone participant. It grew to become private for me when these goals did not end up for Robert. He is a fantastic saxophone participant on the floor, and he bought to take pleasure in that, however internally he needed a lot extra, and I can relate to that,” Asomugha defined.
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“From the skin, it might appear to be nothing, however for me having a aim inside enjoying soccer to be on a type of Superbowl championship groups and win all of it could seem foolish to another person, nevertheless it was my passion. I’ve had these moments just like the character in my life that had me cease and assume the place do I’m going subsequent?”
Get your popcorn prepared. Sylvie’s Love, which premiered on the Sundance Movie Pageant in January (rated PG-13), will debut on Amazon on Dec. 23. Check out this BET.com unique preview of a scene between Thompson and Asomugha beneath: