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3,762 Ratings

La La Land

Directed by Damien Chazelle
United States, 2016
Comedy, Drama, Musical


While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

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La La Land Directed by Damien Chazelle

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Golden Lion

Academy Awards

2017 | 8 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

2017 | 6 wins including: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Toronto International Film Festival

2016 | Winner: People's Choice Award

Chazelle makes sure we can see Gosling and Stone in full when they dance, right away proving he’s a better director than Baz Luhrmann or Rob Marshall. But when Sebastian complains about the dumbness of a tapas restaurant that’s also a samba club, Chazelle sets up a problem for his film that lesser directors spare themselves in their egregiousness. He raises the question of why people love crap, then answers it by making the kind of crap people love.
February 24, 2017
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I enjoyed watching the movie quite a bit, and at this very moment I am listening to the melancholy song at the movie’s heart (“City of Stars”), and I am enjoying that experience as well, because the song is good; I am also, at one and the same time, loathing myself because the movie is loathsome. And that is a weird position to be in. And that is what I want to talk about.
February 21, 2017
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For Chazelle, “Another Day of Sun” functions as “a warning sign to people in the audience. If people are not going to be comfortable with it, they’ll leave right away.” La La Land thus almost dares audiences to accept and celebrate this unrealistic cinematic convention, and for a 21st century musical, that’s a somewhat rare approach to take.
February 11, 2017
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