“Keep the Lights On” is a 2012 drama film directed by Ira Sachs, starring Thure Lindhardt and Zachary Booth. The movie tells the story of the tumultuous relationship between Erik, a documentary filmmaker, and Paul, a closeted lawyer.
The film follows Erik and Paul’s relationship over a decade, from their first encounter at a New York party to their eventual breakup. As their relationship progresses, Erik struggles to cope with Paul’s drug addiction and erratic behavior, while Paul grapples with his own internal conflicts and insecurities about his sexuality.
“Keep the Lights On” is a raw and intimate portrayal of a gay relationship, examining the challenges and complexities that arise when two people try to make a life together. The film also touches on themes of addiction, codependency, and the search for identity.
The film received critical acclaim for its honest portrayal of a same-sex relationship and its nuanced approach to addiction and mental health. It was nominated for several awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Duration: 101 min.