Most old Hollywood movies set in the 1950’s and ‘60’s don’t focus on Black romance. In reality, those films rarely showed Black life outside of the characters sidelined as servants, laborers or confidantes. And, those characters were rarely shown to have fully actualized lives.
In Amazon Prime’s “Sylvie’s Love” we get a film that feels like an old Hollywood film but focuses on fully realized Black characters. Those with professional hopes and dreams. Those who want passion, romance and love.
While at her father’s record shop, Sylvia meets Robert, a handsome musician who is instantly enamored with her. Sylvie finds Robert charming, but she’s engaged to a soldier overseas. But, the two can’t stay out of each other’s orbit and the sparks undeniable. They embark on a passion filled romance.
I won’t spoil the rest of the film for you but I will say, this romance is given the full “tortured lovers” treatment. It’s a wonderful Black love story.
The film briefly address the bigotry of the area, but spends more time showing Black people living. They’re riding bikes, having picnics, chasing their dreams and spend a lot of their time just being hopeful. It was a great feeling watching the film without the anxiety that something bad would happen to the characters at the hands of white bigots.
For Sylvie and Robert, the conflict all comes from bad timing and questionable decisions, delivering a grand and romantic story.
Tess Thompson shines as Sylvie and should be on the Golden Globes shortlist for Best Actress. Nnamdi Asomugha also gives a great performance and is on his way to heartthrob status.
“Sylvie’s Love” is definitely worth your time.
Watch the trailer for the film below.