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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

Paul Lucy: Would you turn that light on, above the bed? I don't want to be in the dark with you.
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Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013) See more »

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Tower of Meaning/Rabbit's Ear/Home Away From Home
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Good on the technical side but a boring story
29 August 2013 | by Gordon-11See 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.


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