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In the closing moments of La La Land, where the what-ifs and reality converge, there lies a magical moment painted in the hues of both love and separation. The last time when their eyes meet, with melancholy lingering in the air, Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) pass a final parting smile. It is that very moment, that smile bathed in the soft glow of lamplight captures the true essence of La La Land. The scene, with its phenomenal cinematography, leaves an indelible mark on the souls of the audience. The film culminates in that one beautifully sad moment of two lovers exchanging glances for one last time. The smile echoes of a love, that is to be always remembered.

It is the dance sequence preceding the smile that adds profound gravity to the closure. In those mesmerizing moments before the smile, Mia imagines a world where the separation never happened. One must appreciate the brilliant cinematography that beautifully strings the moments into a series of what-ifs. It is always the what-ifs that break our hearts. The scene in the film is one of the most poignant explorations of the possibility of love in the history of cinema. Each step they take together, the lovely sweet dance that fills the stage, all culminate into a moment of climax – when the possibilities fade away and reality starts to stare into the eyes of Mia and Sebastian.

And then comes the smile.

They smile. Their faces lit up with both joy and sadness. The joy of finally seeing each other after years, but the sadness of realizing it might be the last. The simplicity of the smile holds a profound depth. It becomes an acknowledgment of love. The tragic fate of love. It echoes all the beautiful memories they’ve ever had and all those they could never have. It stands as a closure. Though it brings tears to one’s eyes, it carries in itself the serenity of acceptance.

In the canvas of La La Land, the smile becomes a timeless echo. It speaks to the heart, of not only Mia and Sebastian but of all those who see themselves in the film. The last dance, the parting smile, the possibilities of love – it is only through these fleeting moments that the film becomes our own.

Arushi Sethi

Delhi North '24

Arushi Sethi is a Chapter Member at the Her Campus at Delhi North. She is a part of the Content Writing team, writing and exploring a plethora of genres in her writings for the website including lifestyle, entertainment, fashion, wellness and culture. Beyond Her Campus, she is a third year English Literature student at Hansraj College, University of Delhi. She is currently serving as the Content Editor for Willow – the journal of The English Society of Hansraj College, and has previously served as the Editor-in-Chief for Credence Foundation, a non-profit organization. Furthermore, she is a member of the Editorial Wing of Kavyanjali – the Poetry Society of Hansraj College, and Ostraca – the Creative Writing Society. She has also written for Hans, the college magazine of Hansraj College. And with a vast experience of participating and chairing in several Model United Nations Conferences, both as a Journalist and Executive Board, she also holds a keen interest and grip over journalistic writings. Being a poet, content writer, blogger & editor, she is constantly exploring newer ways to fulfil her passion for words. For her, there is bliss in reading, writing, listening to music, singing and playing the piano.