[KEEP THE LIGHTS ON opens in Cleveland on Friday October 26th exclusively at the Capitol Theatre.]
Review by Bob Ignizio
Erik thinks he's found the perfect guy. Paul even dumps his girlfriend for him. But Paul has other baggage as Erik soon discovers – he's a crack addict. For the next decade the couple will try to deal with Paul's addiction, breaking up, getting back together again, and generally carrying on a dysfunctional relationship that has its good points, but ultimately doesn't seem all that healthy.
Although this is a very well made film and the performances are splendid, sitting through almost two hours of middle class gay artist angst with no real payoff probably isn't isn't most viewer's cup of tea. The fairly explicit sex scenes are sure to alienate some viewers, too. Even beyond that, though, there's nothing of any real substance here on either the subject of addiction or the nature of relationships gay or otherwise. KEEP THE LIGHTS ON is essentially a semi-autobiographical memoir (writer/director Ira Sachs = Erik, more or less), and it certainly does feel authentic. The question is, what's the point, and why does it take Sachs so long to get there?
As published on Examiner.com