Raine Allen-Miller, a new york Times correspondent, describes 'Rye Lane' as'really simple.' It's two people talking about their separations at the wrong time, yet at the appropriate time.' The story begins in South London, England, particularly in Brixton and Peckham, where the two main protagonists meet.
Nathan Byron and Tom Melia made several interviews to illustrate the obvious connection to the 'Before' trilogy, but that was already in the script. When Allen-Miller took the lead, she changed the setting from Camden to South London, while still keeping the narrative grounded.
Synopsis of the Rye Lane plot
Dom and Yas meet at a mutual friend's art exhibition, which is based on the artist's past work. She is seen weeping and stalking Dom's former girlfriend, Gia (Karene Pete), on social media. Later, when he realized that she was in trouble, he went to Gia's house and confronted her.
Yas hears Dom's sobbing while the other realizes that someone else is in the washroom other than him. She notices his sneakers and recognizes him because of them, though he doesn't recognize her from their brief conversation. She does however, have remarkable abilities to conceal them in a natural manner.
Nathan accepts his offer and leaves the gallery with Yas. It's undoubtedly a combination of pity and curiosity that determines why she joins Dom. When Dom announces that he will meet Eric and Gia for the first time since their relationship, Yas agrees, confirming that he will meet them for the first time since their separation.
Dom feels belittled and humiliated when he sits opposite Gia and Eric. While Gia seems to be displeased, Eric appears to be sympathetic. After all, he and Dom are best friends. He has known the other guy since they were children and recognizes that he is in pain.
Yas appears out of nowhere and mocks Gia and Eric for what they did to Dom, rescuing him when he needs her to, even though he hasn't asked for it. She takes him to her favorite burrito place run by a guy named Colin (Colin Firth making a surprise guest appearance).
Do Dom and Yas End Their Relationships at Rye Lane?
Yes, Dom and Yas end their journey together in 'Rye Lane.' Yas rides in her proverbal horse and rescues Dom. They continue to roam around in South London, learning more about each other. Dom is an accountant, and it appears he is fairly well-established in his profession.
Yas' former boyfriend, a sculptor named Jules (Malcolm Atobrah), has changed the locks to her apartment. He visits Jules' lesbian parents, who evidently approve of her work.
The two protagonists arrive at the apartment after getting a scooter from the women they know, and then a mutual friend of Yas and Jules returns home. Apparently, Yas broke up with him, and she had a very empathetic reaction to it. Fortunately, life goes on. She is supposed to see Nathan again when he arrives.
Soon, he gets a phone call from Yas, who has apparently gotten on a boat and waved back at him. Dom replies, proving that he is one of the few people who wave back at the passengers on the boat. It's similar to a previous paragraph where Yas mentioned that he doesn't like to wave because he believes it's morally wrong.
As Yas and Dom reunite and kiss, the ending subverts popular romantic comedy tropes. It's the girl who apologizes and initiates the reconciliation, especially because Yas is more funnier than Dom.
Just as Dom's realization of Gia's infidelity had impacted her life, Yas' defense of him helped her rebuild her old self-esteem. He shows him that he is worthy of being saved.