Keep the Lights On chronicles an emotionally and sexually charged journey of two men in New York City through love, friendship, and addiction. Documentary filmmaker Erik (acclaimed Danish actor Thure Lindhardt in his first leading role in a U.S. film) and closeted lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth, Damages) 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.

Sundance Film Festival, 2012
Berlin Film Festival, 2012
Tribeca Film Festival, 2012
Outfest, 2012

“The richness of Mr. Sachs’s accomplishment lies in the sense of familiarity he creates, the implicit bond that develops between the couple on the screen and the people in the audience.” —A.O. Scott, The New York Times (Critics' Pick)

“A front-runner for best American film of the year.” —Eric Hynes, Village Voice

“Stunning. Moving and totally engrossing.” —Indiewire

  • Directed By Ira Sachs
  • 2012
  • USA
  • English
  • DCP
  • 101 minutes