A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.
Director: Damien Chazelle
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt
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In Hollywood, Mia and Sebastian are struggling to make it in their respective careers, about which each has extreme passion. Mia is an actress who moved from small town Nevada and dropped out of college five years ago to pursue her dream. She is enamored with old time Hollywood – the movies on which she grew up – but hates the cattle herding feeling of going on auditions, and her belief that she needs to schmooze at social events to get ahead in the business. Sebastian is a jazz pianist, his style of jazz in the vein of traditionalists like Charlie Parker and The lonious Monk. He wants to do his part to preserve that tradition, especially as he knows that that style of music is dying. He has trouble emotionally playing music he doesn’t like just to get a paying gig. His dream is to open his own jazz club, most specifically in what used to be a famous jazz club that has since been converted to a tapas bar cum salsa dance club. Partly because of their individual struggles and partly because of the situations, their initial couple of chance meetings are antagonistic ones. But they eventually become attracted to each other largely because of the passion each sees in the other for what he/she is striving for in life. However, there are many obstacles to a Mia/Sebastian happily ever after. They may be able to endure the life of a struggling artist for so long before those struggles take their toll. The pursuit of their individual dreams may take all their energies, with nothing left for their relationship. And any compromise each may make in getting ahead may change the person with who each has fallen in love.