As the film starts, Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) find themselves in a traffic jam, where drivers start jumping out of their cars to joyously sing and dance. This wondrous (and technically accomplished) scene, which received a deserved round of applause at the Venice Premiere, tells us what kind of film to expect: a musical that's set in the exasperating present day, but which has its heart in the harmonious past. Mia is an aspiring actress who moved to Hollywood years ago, but the closest she has been to the movie business is working in a Warner Bros backlot canteen. Sebastian is just as far from where he wants to be. A jazz obsessive, he longs to open a nightclub where he can improvise on the piano while wearing tailored three-piece suits, but instead he has to plod through Christmas songs in a restaurant whose owner is so stern that he's played by JK Simmons. Chazelle's follow-up to the acclaimed 'Whiplash' is knowingly romantic and defiantly nostalgic. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
USA 2016 Damien Chazelle 126m