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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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Erik Rothman
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Paul Lucy
Marilyn Neimark ...
Herself
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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
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Esther
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Jill
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Dan
James Bidgood ...
Himself
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Alassane (as Souléymane Sy Savané)
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It's 1997 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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Deixa as Luzes Acesas  »

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

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$245,138 (USA) (21 December 2012)
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Paul Lucy: Erik?
Erik Rothman: What?
Paul Lucy: [laughing] We're not having sex.
Erik Rothman: Oh... ok.
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Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun/Let's See
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Lacking depth
7 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My biggest beef with this movie was that the romance between the two main characters, Erik and Paul, seemed shallow. They only meet each other a couple times before we as an audience are supposed to believe that they are "in love." Even Erik can't seem to really put into words why he's so into Paul when directly questioned. That, and that alone, made it difficult for me to be emotionally invested in the relationship between Erik and Paul, and therefore I didn't really care about any of the subsequent ups and downs that they went through. What the script lacks is the development of the relationship, and without it I am left confused as to why Erik chooses to stay with Paul throughout the story.

Otherwise, the acting was believable and the plot was interesting. I just like to feel emotionally connected to the love story in any romance movie, and I didn't feel it here.


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