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Keep the Lights On (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 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 overview, first billed only:
Erik Rothman
Paul Lucy
Marilyn Neimark ...
Marilyn Neimark
Sarah Hess ...
Katie's Mom
Jamie Petrone ...
Katie's Cousin
Stella Schnabel ...
James Bidgood ...
James Bidgood
Alassane (as Souléymane Sy Savané)


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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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

27 July 2012 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

Deixa as Luzes Acesas  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$245,138 (USA) (21 December 2012)

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1.85 : 1
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6 June 2015 | by (.) – See all my reviews

I had high hopes for this movie because it has overwhelmingly positive reviews, some even called it the "best film of 2012". I didn't watch the movie until now, and I am really disappointed!

I was dragging myself through most parts of the movie. 30 minutes into the movie and I was thinking, "I'm not interested, what's so interesting about this movie?" Things only became slightly interesting midway through the movie, and so I tried to finish the movie to see if there's a really great ending or something. But sorry, no.

I guess there are two things you can learn after watching this movie: first, the gay hook-up culture (and how it hasn't changed 20 years later... cough... Grindr... cough...); second, the overused "drugs ruin relationships" cliché. Come to think of it, I don't really see the point of the use of drugs in this movie. What's most frustrating is that not much is known about Paul other than his drug addiction! Let's draw an easy comparison: "Weekend" (2011). I don't get how "Weekend" was dragged for filth for featuring drug use, when it actually carries weight and adds an excellent level of depth to the characters! Yes, Paul is a druggie, so what then?

Go see this movie if you want to see a rocky relationship that may or may not work out in the end (no spoiler duh). But don't get you hopes up cause you'll be just as disappointed as I am.

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