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Keep the Lights On

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Ira Sachs

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About the Movie

KEEP THE LIGHTS ON chronicles an emotional and sexually charged journey of love, friendship, and addiction. In New York City in 1998, documentary filmmaker Erik (Thure Lindhardt) and closeted lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth) meet through a casual encounter and soon find themselves embroiled in a deeper connection. Over a decade-long relationship defined by highs and lows, Erik struggles to negotiate his personal boundaries and dignity, while Paul battles the demons of drug dependence. Harrowing and romantic, visceral and profound, Ira Sachs’ fearlessly personal KEEP THE LIGHTS ON looks at love and all of its manifestations, from despair to grace.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 61
  • Fresh: 55
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The look, mood and rhythm of the film are exquisitely, even thrillingly authentic. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Sep 6, 2012

Fresh: A harsh yet delicate tale of two New Yorkers whose co-dependent relationship is fueled by sex, drugs and complex longings for companionship. – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, Sep 13, 2012

Fresh: A tough, well-acted little indie ... – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Sep 7, 2012

Fresh: When you summon memories of this film, they are almost always of two men in a room, in a default state of discontent. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Oct 25, 2012

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Customer Reviews

The Best Film of 2012 You Didn't See

Classic; pure and honest portrayal of human relationships...sad, genuine, real and true....just watch it.

Don't bother

Painfully slow, drawn out plot with distracting details that have nothing to do with the story. Annoyed me.

expected more

Ira Sachs' latest film is a disappointment. I expected so much for. And this film about co-dependency is a moody, well lit bore. The characters are not fully realized and feel empty. Even though the film is supposed to be autobiographical, it seems shallow and like an idea which had potential on paper, but doesn't succeed as a film.

Keep the Lights On
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Independent
  • Released: 2012

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