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  • Actors: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Paprika Steen
  • Directors: Ira Sachs
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan. 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009W1NSKM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,407 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It's 1997 and filmmaker Erik Rothman (Lindhardt) meets closeted lawyer Paul Lucy (Booth), through an anonymous phone sex line.

What starts as casual sex becomes a more permanent relationship as they start to build a life together, whilst each continues to privately battle their own compulsions and addictions. Their greatest challenge is down to Paul's increasing drug use, which threatens to pull them apart and over the years destroy the relationship.

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.

Ira Sachs, director of 40 SHADES OF BLUE and MARRIED LIFE returns with his Teddy Award winning gay drama set in New York City, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON. Starring Danish actor, Thure Lindhardt (Angel & Demons, Into The Wild) and Zachary Booth (Dark Horse, Damages) and featuring stunning music from the late Arthur Russell.

EXTRAS
4 Deleted Scenes
Behind The Scenes
Audition Video with Zachary Booth and Thure Lindhardt
In Search Of Avery Willard' Documentary

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
Having just seen this film at the cinema, and been keen to see what Ira Sachs would do with what, apparently, is quite autobiographical material, I must say I found the story of Erik and Paul an involving one. It seems to me that it is quite original in looking at a gay relationship over a 9 year period and showing its various phases; watching these two excellent actors makes you feel how complex the interaction between two people often is at any given moment, the psyche seems to be such a finely-tuned thing. It's true that Erik is shown rather more than Paul, a bit as if we were watching a tennis match but always from the same side of the net. However this is entirely in keeping with the first person perspective, which has the ring of authenticity. Too much explaining of Paul's drug problem would have made it too much of a case study, and much more verbally heavy, whereas Sachs engages largely through images. Stills from the film would look a bit like Nan Goldin's photos - there are lots of interiors with the light coming from a lamp we can see, and the camera framing the characters with great immediacy, yet it is not without a sense of composition, and the expressiveness of Thure Lindhardt's face is one of the most memorable things about the film. At times his smile reminded me of Jeanne Moreau(!), although the keynote of his character is an immense gentleness. He also seems to be very sexually driven, a counterpart to Paul's drug use, if a more manageable one. In that sense it could be compared to Steve McQueen's Shame, but this film is infinitely warmer. It feels afterwards like a tender if ultimately sad embrace; you certainly feel the sadness, yet the images give a lot of pleasure that's quite hard to pin down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mikey TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
Keep The Lights On is a powerful film lasting just over an hour and a half and features one of Denmark's finest actors, Thure Lindhardt. Lindhardt excels in his role and having seen him in several Danish films including Brotherhood [DVD] in which he plays another gay character, this film corroborates my previous opinion of him as a world class performer.
Mostly in English with a tiny bit of Danish, we follow the relationship of Lindhardt's character over several years, mainly in New York. It is a very interesting film and the viewer certainly gets to care about the main character. Very well made and worthy of a rewatch!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Warwick on 20 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
I came across Keep The Lights On when I heard that the music from Arthur Russell was going to be used throughout the film, I went to see it at a cinema in London and loved what I watched. The film is a beautifully told story about a relationship between a documentary maker, Erik and lawyer called Paul. They are living in New York City, which becomes a character all to itself, and are trying to find a correct balance in their relationship between their working lives, the love they feel for each other and their own individual issues and addictions. Paul is dealing with his drug abuse, which starts to destroy their relationship. It's a very emotional ride, but by the end is so worth it. Apparently, the film is based upon a true story, which makes it even more interesting to watch. I certainly recommend this film because it is so well made, and so well acted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This tells the tumultuous story of Erik and Paul who met on a sex phone line and hooked up. Erik played by Thure Lindhardt (`Flame and Citron' and `Brotherhood') is a film maker which means he has a lot of down time, so gets `up' to stuff on the phone, if you get my drift. He is a Danish immigrant to the Big Apple and falls for the dashing but closeted, lawyer Paul - Zachary Booth (`Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist'). After a tentative but passionate start they start to get to know each other and that is when Pauls' habit for cocaine rears its ugly head.

This spans a nine year period from 1998 and deals with the ups and downs, no pun intended there, with their relationship, trips to rehab, infidelity and the seeking of solace in hollow and empty sex, just like everyone's life at some point probably - if you are lucky enough that is. After all there is nothing worse than a dull life, but the problem with that is the pain that love can and often will put you through.

This is filmed in an unobtrusive way and the acting is all brilliant Thure Lindhardt really holds the whole thing together and comes across as both genuine and caring. There is a fair bit of horizontal gymnastics but all done in the best possible taste, so nothing too strong to worry about or indeed look forward to. This though is a very honest exploration of a relationship with all its' attendant problems and the inevitable ultimatums that only real love can force you to make.

This is mostly in English with a touch of Danish with a run time of 101 minutes but is so engaging that it feels shorter, whilst there are some painful to watch scenes, that is only because the actors have gained empathy which draws you into their story. This is for fans of gay cinema and actually anyone who cares about relationships or a love story that hurts- recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BigAl82 on 1 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Admitedly I bought this for the semi gay porno sex scenes (reason why I buy most of the gay films I buy). But this one is a little different. The guys are hot. The sex is also hot. Addiction is not. A watchable film.
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