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Keep the Lights On (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 July 2012 (Taiwan)
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In Manhattan, film-maker Erik bonds with closeted lawyer Paul after a fling. As their relationship becomes one fueled by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries while being true to himself.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Erik Rothman
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Paul Lucy
Marilyn Neimark ...
Marilyn Neimark
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Karen
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Russ
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Claire
Sarah Hess ...
Katie
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Katie's Mom
Jamie Petrone ...
Katie's Cousin
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Vivian
Stella Schnabel ...
Esther
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Jill
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Dan
James Bidgood ...
James Bidgood
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Alassane (as Souléymane Sy Savané)
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It's 1998 and New York City is in a state of intense flux when documentary filmmaker Erik Rothman (Thure Lindhardt) first meets Paul Lucy (Zachary Booth), a handsome but closeted lawyer in the publishing field. What begins as a highly charged first encounter soon becomes something much more, and a relationship quickly develops. As the two men start building a home and life together, each continues to privately battle their own compulsions and addictions. A film about sex, friendship, intimacy and most of all, love, Keep the Lights On takes an honest look at the nature of relationships in our times. Written by Anonymous

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27 July 2012 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

Deixa as Luzes Acesas  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$55,574 (USA) (7 September 2012)

Gross:

$245,138 (USA) (21 December 2012)
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Good on the technical side but a boring story
29 August 2013 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film tells the turbulent love story of a filmmaker and a drug addict.

The storyline looks great on paper, but "Keep the Lights On" dos not manage to captivate our engage. The two leading characters are poorly developed, especially the drug addict as we don't see who they really are. We seldom see them outside their relationship, so their portrayal is so narrow and one dimensional. As a result, I don't find myself caring for them. Their dysfunctional interaction only annoys me. And there are too many unlikely plot details, I just don't understand how Erik could be allowed in the room while the boyfriend and another guy is having sex.

"Keep the Lights On" is well made, with great sets, lighting and scene composition. However the story is not engaging and I couldn't wait for it to end.


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