6.2/10
4,475
25 user 73 critic

Keep the Lights On (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 27 July 2012 (Taiwan)
Trailer
2:09 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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.

Director:

5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Broderskab (2009)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Former Danish servicemen Lars and Jimmy are thrown together while training in a neo-Nazi group. Moving from hostility through to friendship and finally passion, events take a darker turn when it's discovered.

Director: Nicolo Donato
Stars: Thure Lindhardt, David Dencik, Nicolas Bro
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After Ben and George get married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing -- a situation that weighs heavily on all involved.

Director: Ira Sachs
Stars: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei
Weekend II (2011)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.

Director: Andrew Haigh
Stars: Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed.

Director: Hettie Macdonald
Stars: Glen Berry, Linda Henry, Meera Syal
Freier Fall (2013)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A soon-to-be-father policeman falls for a gay fellow officer and his life starts falling apart.

Director: Stephan Lacant
Stars: Hanno Koffler, Max Riemelt, Attila Borlan
Yossi (2012)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

This sequel to Yossi and Jagger finds Dr. Yossi Gutmann reminiscing about his love ten years after his death; however, as he encounters a group of young soldiers, one of them, Tom, reignites his romantic feelings.

Director: Eytan Fox
Stars: Ohad Knoller, Shlomo Sadan, Oz Zehavi
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside; a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town's rigid traditions.

Director: Javier Fuentes-León
Stars: Cristian Mercado, Tatiana Astengo, Manolo Cardona
Clapham Junction (TV Movie 2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A chronicle of 36 hours in the lives of a number of interconnected gay men in Clapham, South London.

Director: Adrian Shergold
Stars: Tom Beard, James Bellamy, Robin Berry
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A drama centered on the love affair between two men on opposite sides of the Mid-East conflict: Palestinian student Nimer and Roy, an Israeli lawyer.

Director: Michael Mayer
Stars: Nicholas Jacob, Michael Aloni, Jameel Khoury
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel, an attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this but wants to live out his passion anyway.

Director: Alain Guiraudie
Stars: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumçao
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A married, Orthodox, Jerusalem butcher and Jewish father of four falls in love with his handsome, 22-year-old male apprentice, triggering the suspicions of his wife and the disapproval of his Orthodox community.

Director: Haim Tabakman
Stars: Zohar Shtrauss, Ran Danker, Tinkerbell
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Leo, a young man coming to terms with his own sexuality, runs into Caro, a primary school friend he fancied when they were kids, who's now trying to ward off her own personal demons. This ... See full summary »

Director: Enrique Buchichio
Stars: Martín Rodríguez, Cecilia Cósero, Gerardo Begérez
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Marilyn Neimark ...
Marilyn Neimark
...
...
Russ
...
Claire
Sarah Hess ...
Katie
...
Katie's Mom
Jamie Petrone ...
Katie's Cousin
...
Vivian
Stella Schnabel ...
Esther
...
Jill
...
Dan
James Bidgood ...
James Bidgood
...
Alassane (as Souléymane Sy Savané)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

27 July 2012 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

Deixa as Luzes Acesas  »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,574, 9 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$245,138, 21 December 2012
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

Modern iMac box. See more »

Quotes

Paul Lucy: I think this is enough for right now, okay?
See more »

Connections

Features Rugged Men (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Blurry Night
Written by Sabina Sciubba
Performed by Sabina Sciubba
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good on the technical side but a boring story
29 August 2013 | by 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.


4 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 25 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Watch the Latest Episode of "The IMDb Show"

Katee Sackhoff talks about her characters on "Battlestar Galactica," "Star Wars: Rebels," and "The Flash." Plus, "The IMDb Show" learns what it takes to wield a lightsaber.

Watch the show