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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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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Danish

Release Date:

27 July 2012 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,574, 9 September 2012

Gross USA:

$246,112

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$388,331
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1.85 : 1
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Scandinavian type of movie made in the US
24 March 2013 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

The approach, manner of depiction, and pace are more characteristic to a Danish or Swedish movie rather than a US one. The gay topic is atypical to a US movie industry as well, although a few of them were even awarded Oscars (e.g. Brokeback Mountain); still, gay erotica there was rather superficial. Keep the Lights On shows - apart from deep and painful dramatic moments - carnal part of love and affection as well (probably too much for certain viewers, on the other hand, the director/screenwriter is gay). The other main topic - drug addiction - has been approached more frequently. However, the plot is uneven, at times the tension disappears and some moves are not grounded, the last 20 minutes or so is protracted, and the ending is trivial. But the cast is evenly strong, the best performance is carried out by a relatively unknown Dane Thure Lindhardt (as Erik Rothman); he is worth remembering, he has recently had several big roles in good productions. But all other characters are deliberated and performed giftedly as well.

If you like dramatic movies with passion and addictions, then the one in question is definitely for you.


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