La La Land | 2016

Directed by: Damien Chazelle

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Main Plot

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

Characters

  • Ryan Gosling's character in La La Land is a struggling jazz musician who falls in love with an aspiring actress.
  • Emma Stone's character in La La Land is an aspiring actress who falls in love with a jazz musician.
  • Rosemarie DeWitt plays Laura, the sister of Mia (Emma Stone), who offers support and advice throughout Mia's journey.

Ending Explained

In the ending of La La Land, Mia and Sebastian, after pursuing their dreams separately, reunite in a chance encounter at Sebastian's jazz club. They exchange a bittersweet smile, acknowledging the paths they have chosen. Mia is happily married with a child, while Sebastian has achieved his dream of owning a successful jazz club. Through a nostalgic, dream-like musical sequence, they imagine what their lives could have been like together, before ultimately parting ways with a shared understanding and appreciation for the choices they made.

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Damien Chazelle Ryan Gosling Emma Stone Rosemarie DeWitt