Movie Review: Keep the Lights On Is an Obsessive, Incredibly Intimate Relationship Drama

Keep the Lights On is such a quiet, raw, and intimate film that at times you worry that maybe you shouldn’t be watching it. Ira Sachs’s haunting, melancholy relationship drama charts the multi-year love affair between Erik (Thure Lindhardt), a Danish filmmaker, and Paul (Zachary Booth), a literary agent, but it’s not so much about the rise and fall of a romance as it is about the slow, steady disintegration of one. As such, it’s actively painful to watch: As it accumulates telling scenes and details with a kind of obsessive stock-taking, the movie asks you to pay close attention — then dares you to look. Read More...


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