Keep the Lights On
Keep the Lights On (2012)

It's 1997 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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 22, 2013
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90%
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62%



Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Keep the Lights On is a mysterious, sexy journey deep into the love affair of two men that always manages to stay true to life.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

This is a painful drama, but its pain is more studied than emotive, and it demands that we think just as much as it makes us feel.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

When you summon memories of this film, they are almost always of two men in a room, in a default state of discontent.

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Nathan Lee
Film Comment Magazine

Keep the Lights On acknowledges (without belaboring) the performative nature of identity; how each of our claims to selfhood, be it sexual, romantic, or professional, are staged on a shifting terrain of habit, fantasy, and desire.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The cast, uniformly excellent, draws us into a vibrant, energetic Manhattan where commitments are forged and broken through sheer chance and those seeking permanence must continually resist temptation and ennui.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A heart-breaking love story and call for emotional transparency in relationships.

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Rage Monthly

The best film of 2012...Perfect.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

A complex and mysterious tale of a love affair, one that lacks the tidy story arc of a movie but feels real.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The performances are first-rate, with Lindhardt particularly moving as a guy who's in deep denial about just how much he can expect from a relationship with an addict.

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Michael Nordine
Willamette Week

Small in frame but large in heart.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Mind numbingly dull.
DA Zapata
A word of warning: It took me several days to pick myself up off my own puddle of tears after watching this film. Keep the Lights On goes well beyond the… More
William Dunmyer
Think of "Keep the Lights On" as a companion piece to last year's wondrous little film "Weekend" (which was on my Top 10 list of 2011).… More
Alec Barniskis
If Ira Sachs has a thesis for his film, its that most people form relationships on as many lies as truths and even if that relationship seems right for the… More
Walter M.
In "Keep the Lights On," Karen(Paprika Steen) gives her brother Erik(Thure Lindhardt), a documentary filmmakerin his 30's, grief over not being… More
Sylvester Kuo
Sexy, romantic and realistic. It's a modern love story set in New York, where two people with their own difficulties come together and develops a… More