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Set in New York during the late '90s, Erik (Thure Lidhardt), a documentary filmmaker, meets Paul (Zachary Booth), a closeted lawyer, and a hookup turns into a deeper, long-term relationship. but Paul's demons -- repeated drug and sex binges -- eventually tear the couple apart. It's one of the most insightful, lacerating, personal and painful examinations of a lost love affair I have ever seen on the screen. Director Ira Sachs courageously captures the aching memories of those fucked up relationships that brand us for life. Superbly acted, this is a rare gem of a film; poignant and achingly profound.

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