Actress saves ‘Beyond the Lights’

November 13, 2014 9:01 AM

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he Lights” is uncomfortable to watch, and not because of the suicide attempt that sets the plot in motion nor is it the juxtaposition of a naive British girl with a dream of being an original pop star and the walking centerfold she becomes. Instead, the beginning is unsettling because the protagonist, Noni Jean (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), is so innocent compared to what she will later become.

Noni is discovered as she is about to commit suicide by her overbearing manager and mother Macy (Minnie Driver) and saved by Kaz (Nate Parker), the cop guarding her room. He seems like the only one who can hear her cry for help, but is hesitant to step into the spotlight as Noni’s hero-turned-lover....

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