‘Sylvie’s Love’ Review: Tessa Thompson Pursues Love and Career in Swoon-Worthy Period Romance

‘Sylvie’s Love’ Review: Tessa Thompson Pursues Love and Career in Swoon-Worthy Period Romance
Whether or not it’s a result of the backlash against “La La Land” and its white-savior-of-jazz subplot, black filmmakers seem to be having a moment to reclaim jazz narratives for themselves, from Kemp Powers co-directing Pixar’s “Soul” to Eugene Ashe writing and directing “Sylvie’s Love,” a gorgeous new romance set against the backdrop of jazz and television, two of America’s most dominant artforms of the 1950s.

Ashe isn’t rewriting the love story, but he has steeped it with old-school glamour, making the kind of sumptuous saga of aching, star-crossed romance that Ross Hunter might have produced in his 1960s glory days if Hollywood had been ready to populate such a film with an all-Black cast. Between the scorching chemistry of leads Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha and the glorious mid-century outfits, hair, décor and cars on display, “Sylvie’s Love” is a delectable valentine.

When Sylvie (Thompson) and Robert meet,
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