The movie is about romance. It is about two people who actually love each other enough to step aside and allow the other to achieve their dream. The one wanted an old jazz club to preserve old jazz and the other wanted to be an actress. However, to stay together as a couple one of them would have to sacrifice their dream. But because they actually loved each other and was unselfish they wanted to see each other succeed in their dreams. At the end of the movie you find that each is successful in life and with their careers but they still have the compassion for each other. But they are truly happy in allowing each other reach their careers in life. It was a well performance and the Ryan Gosling was well suited for the part. The movie is of reality and does not have a fairy tail ending.