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Keep the Lights On chronicles the emotionally and sexually charged relationship of two men in New York City through love, friendship, and addiction. Documentary filmmaker Erik (Thure Lindhardt) and closeted lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth) meet through a casual encounter, but soon 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 while being true to himself.
Director Ira Sachs' fearlessly personal screenplay is based on his own experiences of being in a relationship with author Bill Clegg, who has captured the story of his own addiction in two memoirs. The film is anchored by Lindhardt's performance (he is also in the Danish film about gay neo-Nazis, Brotherhood), who embodies Erik's isolation and vulnerability with a gentle presence, while Booth (from the tv series Damages) is seductively self-destructive and yet sympathetic. Harrowing and romantic, visceral and layered, Keep the Lights On is a film that looks at love and all of its manifestations, taking it to dark depths and bringing it back to a place of grace.
This film has won awards and generated rave reviews at film festivals the world over (including Sundance and the Berlin International), and the director has since gone on to make the celebrated Love is Strange.
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Starring: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Directed by: Ira Sachs
Region Code: ALL
Time: 103 minutes
This DVD Release Date: 2013
Presentation: NTSC, Colour, Anamorphic Widescreen 16:9, Dolby Digital 2.0
Language: English, NO Subtitles
DVD Extras: None