La La Land

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Genre Musical, Romance
Director Damien Chazelle
Cast Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock
  • Release Date 01/01/1970
  • Category IIA
  • Duration 128 mins
  • Country The USA

Boy meets girl meets the up-ending aspirations of the city of stars – and they all break out of the conventions of everyday life as La La Land takes off on an exciting song-and-dance journey through a life-changing love affair between a jazz pianist and a hopeful actress.

The film begins as everything begins in Los Angeles: on the freeway. This is where Sebastian meets Mia, with an annoyed honk in a traffic jam that resembles the situation they’re each navigating in their lives.

Both are focused on near-impossible hopes: Sebastian trying to get people to care about traditional jazz in the 21st Century, Mia aiming to complete just one uninterrupted audition. But neither expects that their fateful encounter will lead them to take leaps they never could alone.

La La Land is a breathless romance, and it is also a tale of what we give up to pursue our own dreams.

La-La Land

The film is set in Los Angeles (LA), which the name of the film suggests. ‘To be / live in la-la land’ is an informal phrase. If someone is / lives in la-la land, it means they think that things that are completely impossible might happen, rather than understanding how things really are.


  • Sebastian

    A retro jazz diehard who doesn’t believe in compromising his convictions for anyone or anything. At first, he brushes off Mia as just another person who will never comprehend him or the gravity of his dreams – but that does not go as planned.

  • Mia

    The aspiring actress seems to be caught in an endless loop from her barista job to dead-end auditions. She finds herself repeatedly bumping into the same ill-mannered pianist, who breaks the spell.

  • Keith

    The musician invites Sebastian to join his rapidly rising band, The Messengers, and takes him far away from Mia.