Review: Sylvie’s Love (Philadelphia Film Festival)


The year’s best film isn’t an over-the-top CGI-filled blockbuster, rather it is a beautiful loves story told through the stellar performances of Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha in Sylvie’s Love.

A summer romance between Sylvie (Thompson) and a saxophonist (Asomugha) stands the test of time as feelings flair when they reconnect years later. There are no bells and whistles here, simply an old-school romance that highlights two Black actors breathing life into a genre that has fallen stale while exploring the Black experience in the 1950s/60s. Writer/director Eugene Ashe has crafted a story that secures viewers’ attention immediately in a way that makes it impossible for you not to care about the characters. 

Thompson and Asomugha’s chemistry is undeniably phenomenal throughout, each digging deep into the core of their characters and exploring a range of emotions through the ups and downs of the story. It is rare that such a film grabs hold of my heart in the way that Sylvie’s Love has, painting a vivid picture of forbidden love and the loving ties that bind. 

Ashe has delivered a flawless film in Sylvie’s Love with a timeless tale elevated by career-best performances from Thompson and Asomugha. It really is that good.

Sylvie’s Love debuts on Amazon Prime Video on December 25th, 2020.

Rating: 5/5

Photo from Variety

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