Monday, February 18, 2013

Keep the Lights On

2012 American Feature

Cast: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane, Paprika Steen and Miguel del Toro
Director: Ira Sachs
Writer: Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias

In 1998 Manhattan, filmmaker 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.


  • Internet Movie Database: 5.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 90% / Audience: 63%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 79% / Audience: 7.4 %
  • OMG rating: 8/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available


  • Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for Best Feature Film.
  • Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association Dorian Award for LGBT-Themed Film of the Year; also nominated for Film of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Feature, Director, Male Lead (Lindhardt) and Screenplay.
  • Movie Dearest Award for Movie of the Year.

  • Based on director/co-writer Ira Sachs' own past relationship with Bill Clegg, a literary agent who published his own memoir about his struggles with addiction, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, in 2010.

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