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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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Ira Sachs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thure Lindhardt ... Erik Rothman
Zachary Booth ... Paul Lucy
Marilyn Neimark Marilyn Neimark ... Marilyn Neimark
Paprika Steen ... Karen
Sebastian La Cause ... Russ
Julianne Nicholson ... Claire
Sarah Hess Sarah Hess ... Katie
Roberta Kirshbaum ... Katie's Mom
Jamie Petrone Jamie Petrone ... Katie's Cousin
Maria Dizzia ... Vivian
Stella Schnabel Stella Schnabel ... Esther
Jodie Markell ... Jill
Justin Reinsilber ... Dan
James Bidgood James Bidgood ... James Bidgood
Souleymane Sy Savane ... Alassane (as Souléymane Sy Savané)
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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

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Danish

Release Date:

27 July 2012 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Deixa as Luzes Acesas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,574, 9 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$245,138, 21 December 2012
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Karen: [in Danish] In your twenties, it's charming to be up-and-coming. In your thirties, dear brother, it's pathetic.
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Features Rugged Men (1976) See more »

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Place I Know/Kid Like You
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Lacking depth
7 July 2014 | by Adam JeffersonSee 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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