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Keep the Lights On is such a quiet, raw, and intimate film that at times you worry that maybe you shouldn’t be watching it. Ira Sachs’s haunting, melancholy relationship drama charts the multi-year love affair between Erik (Thure Lindhardt), a Danish filmmaker, and Paul (Zachary Booth), a literary agent, but it’s not so much about the rise and fall of a romance as it is about the slow, steady disintegration of one. As such, it’s actively painful to watch: As it accumulates telling scenes and details with a kind of obsessive stock-taking, the movie asks you to pay close attention — then dares you to look.There’s something deceptively complex about the film’s structure, even though the story is told in ruthlessly linear fashion. The first scene, set in 1998, has Erik sitting at his bed cruising for phone sex. He connects with Paul, and that »

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