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As others have pointed out here, there are good performances, and the Dogma-style cinematography gives us the feeling that we’re seeing some serious fare. The story is not necessarily UNbelievable, but the motivation of the characters seems missing, and ultimately, that’s what sinks the movie.By missing motivation, I mean the love story itself. I saw the effects of the love story, but I felt like I never saw the actual love. I saw nothing in Paul that would have really and truly held the interest of someone like Erik. I mean, really–are there any worldly gay men around who would not cut loose a crackhead attorney post haste? It’s one thing for an artist like Rufus Wainwright to admit he was mainly attracted to straight heroin addicts. That’s so f**ked up, it almost makes sense. But a European filmmaker obsessed with a white bread American lawyer?? Sorry. Not buying it.That being said, there were some compelling scenes throughout. E.g., I was impressed with the hotel room scene, which felt real. And I’ll admit, the movie held my interest enough that I wanted to see how it turned out. But the flaccid ending seemed consistent with everything preceding, making me feel a bit of a sucker.Like I said. Better than average, but not by much.

Keep the Lights On (2012) Movie Data

Keep the Lights On (2012) is Drama Romance Genres film which released in 2012. Keep the Lights On (2012) supported by Julianne Nicholson, Thure Lindhardt, and Zachary Booth. This movie has 1h 41min duration and rating around 6.3 star from 4,292 movie experts. Not bad.

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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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STARS
Thure Lindhardt,Zachary Booth,Julianne Nicholson
Director: Ira Sachs
Writer: Ira Sachs

Keep the Lights On (2012) PLOT STORY

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.

It’s the late 1990s in New York City. Erik Rothman, a gay Danish documentary filmmaker, long broke off his last serious relationship with a man named Paolo. Since, he has moved from one one night stand to another, many of those connections through a telephone gay cruising service. It is through those means that Erik meets bisexual corporate lawyer Paul Lucy, who admits he is already in a heterosexual relationship. Their initial sexual encounter is meant to be a one time only thing, but they slowly move that one time encounter into a relationship. The roller coaster that is their relationship is presented over the following approximate ten years. The highs are fueled by their sexual passion for each other, the lows largely a manifestation of mistrust, in what the other does when not around, Paul’s disappearances, physically and emotionally, which are often, and disagreements about whether Paul has a crack problem, crack which increasingly seems to be routinely incorporated into their lovemaking. Their problems are exacerbated by each turning to comforts in their life, for Paul being more drugs which further clouds his judgment, and for Erik the thoughts of being with other men, either the known such as remembering back to Paolo or the unknown through such avenues as the old telephone cruising line.

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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