‘Keep The Lights On’ a film by Ira Sachs opens In theaters starting September 7
“STUNNING! Moving and totally engrossing.”- Simon Abrams, indieWIRE
“Forget Brokeback Mountain; Keep the Lights On is the grittiest and most heartbreaking gay love story of our times.” – Dan Heching, NEXT Magazine
“Easily the finest dramatic film I saw at Sundance this year.” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon
“Beautiful and devasting.” – Tom Hall, Filmmaker Magazine
“A must-see.” – David Fear, Time Out New York
“(A) beautifully aching love story. Sach’s stunner is a front-runner for best American film of the year.” – Eric Hynes, The Village Voice
Keep the Lights On chronicles the emotionally and sexually charged journey through the love, addiction, and friendship of two men. Documentary filmmaker Erik and closeted lawyer Paul meet through a casual encounter, but they find a deeper connection and become a couple. Individually and together, they are risk takers—compulsive, and fueled by drugs and sex. In an almost decade-long relationship defined by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries and dignity and to be true to himself.
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 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 & Directed by Ira Sachs.
Starring: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane, Paprika Steen, Miguel Del Toro, Sebastian LaCause, Ed Vassallo, Maria Dizzia, Alex Cranmer, Marlyn Neimark, Justin Reinsilber, Jodie Markell
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