Keep the Lights On (2012) - Plot Summary Poster

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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
  • It's the late 1990s in New York City. Erik Rothman, a gay Danish documentary filmmaker, long broke off his last serious relationship with a man named Paolo. Since, he has moved from one one night stand to another, many of those connections through a telephone gay cruising service. It is through those means that Erik meets bisexual corporate lawyer Paul Lucy, who admits he is already in a heterosexual relationship. Their initial sexual encounter is meant to be a one time only thing, but they slowly move that one time encounter into a relationship. The roller coaster that is their relationship is presented over the following approximate ten years. The highs are fueled by their sexual passion for each other, the lows largely a manifestation of mistrust, in what the other does when not around, Paul's disappearances, physically and emotionally, which are often, and disagreements about whether Paul has a crack problem, crack which increasingly seems to be routinely incorporated into their lovemaking. Their problems are exacerbated by each turning to comforts in their life, for Paul being more drugs which further clouds his judgment, and for Erik the thoughts of being with other men, either the known such as remembering back to Paolo or the unknown through such avenues as the old telephone cruising line.

    - Written by Huggo
  • 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.

    - Written by Production


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