An old time, modern day, love story.
Yesterday as the model daughter did her thing in Sydney I took myself to the movies to fill in time and escape the heat.
LA LA Land was not quite what I was expecting. But then again, I guess I wasn't sure what to expect.
I was thinking it would be a modern day version of an old movie created in old world style. A bit like "Down With Love" with Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. But it wasn't. There were elements of that, but they were woven into a current day flick.
It's actually hard to fully explain LA LA Land, other than to say it's about two people who made a solid connection through their shared love of the bygone era.
Mia is a budding actress whose inspiration comes from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Seb is a pianist whose passion for "real" jazz and keeping its roots alive, clouds his ability to move forward in the current day.
Through a series of events Mia and Seb get together and become each others biggest cheerleaders. They bond not just through their nostalgic approach to life, but through encouraging each other to follow their dreams.
All in all it's a love story that ends when each of their dreams come true.
Or does it?
Without giving the ending away (OK, this might give the ending away), there is a point in the movie where they both declare that no matter where they are, or what they become, they will never stopping loving each other.
I guess the big take home message I got from LA LA Land, is that true love doesn't have to be about being together forever.
True love for another person can stay with you, long after you've moved on with someone else.
Which got me to thinking about Valentine's Day tomorrow. While some of us may raise a glass to our current partners (and if you're like me, might cut out paper hearts to put in the kids lunch boxes) it's also a good time to think about the other people in our lives who helped shape us. People who were previously part of our love journey, but have long since moved on.
A time to sit back and reflect on the relationships, friendships and family who have helped us become who we are today.
Just because they're not here anymore, doesn't mean we can't privately acknowledge their place in our heart.
How often do you reflect on your love journey?
Any nostalgia floating around out there?
Have you seen LA LA Land?