Movie of the Week

WATCH: Modern Gay Classic — “Keep The Lights On”

As acclaimed gay filmmaker Ira Sachs is currently completing post-production on his exciting new gay drama, Love Is Strange (co-starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a married gay couple in New York) it’s the perfect time to revisit his award-winning 2012 drama, Keep The Lights On — about a very different New York City couple. Danish heartthrob Thure Lindhardt, (The Borgias) stars as documentary filmmaker Eric who meets and falls in love with closeted lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth, Damages). The semi-autobiographical drama recounts an almost decade-long relationship of beautiful highs, abysmal lows, and wildly dysfunctional patterns in which Paul grapples with increasingly serious chemical dependency issues and Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries, retain his dignity and navigate the impact of addiction on the love of his life and himself.

Hailed as a modern gay classic and as one of the best American films of the decade, Keep The Lights On is this week’s Movie of the Week. Watch the trailer above and rent or download it directly from now.

Keep The Lights On

Keep The Lights On

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  • TVC 15

    I actually watched this film last week. It was very good. I recommended it to a friend of mine last night during dinner. Definitely see it.

  • Druid

    Good movie. And if you want to be able to do something somewhat unusual, I recommend reading Portrait of an Addict as Young Man by Bill Clegg. Although the movie covers a period of time far greater than in the book, Bill is the guy Ira was partnered up and depicts in the movie.

  • Cam

    I’m surprised at how hard it is to find some fairly common gay films streaming.

    For example, “Beautiful Thing” which has been rated by multiple sites as one of the 5 best gay films is literally impossible to find to stream on any of the large sites. “The Wedding Banquet” which was an Ang Lee movie and got an academy nomination wasn’t even available for years.

    Hopefully if these films are more popular some of the others will become easier to find too!

  • Jenni Olson

    @Cam: Hey Cam — Jenni Olson here from Wolfe Video and Yes, it is really unfortunate that there are a lot of classic LGBT films that have either not been licensed to digital platforms because of not having made the digital format leap yet or they have simply not been seen as valuable enough by the platforms. We recently got Netflix to carry the 1951 lesbian classic MAEDCHEN IN UNIFORM (which they never carried when we released the DVD). These behind-the-scenes achievements take extra effort and sadly there are too many titles not being recognized. There are a ton of lesbian titles that have also been long-unavailable on streaming including GO FISH and WHEN NIGHT IS FALLING (a few months ago we were very excited to get WHEN NIGHT IS FALLING up at — it is still not available on iTunes, etc. and quite possibly never will be). We are currently working on a bunch of LGBT classic films we hope to get up on our platform in the coming months — come check us out.

  • Cam

    @Jenni Olson:

    Jenni, Thank you! I’ll be signing on to Wolfe On demand to see what you all have!

  • Sammy Schlipshit

    @Jenni Olson: Thank goodness for Wolfe Video. I urge everyone to do all you can to support this very worthwhile business. If nothing else use them to broaden your knowledge of what titles are available.
    Thank you Wolfies.

  • Sammy Schlipshit

    Just watched this movie.


    Actors are amazingly talented.

    There isn’t a hint of the wooden acting seen in a lot of ‘gay’ movies.

    These two young men are spot on in their characterizations.

    You might recognize the American man (Zachary Booth) from some of his work on TV…most noticeably Damages and Law & Order.

    Thure Lindhardt is the Danish guy. I have never seen him before but will certainly never forget him.

    The script is well extremely well written.

    The story is certainly real enough based in our culture so there is bound to be parts everyone can identify with. I felt as though I was actually eavesdropping on this turbulent relationship/love. Real life, really portrayed.

    This is one of the movies I will want to watch a few times. I am sure to find new angles throughout.

    WATCH IT!!!!….Better yet, buy it from Wolfe Films.

  • Sammy Schlipshit

    @Sammy Schlipshit: …..oooops, should read ‘…so there ARE bound to be parts….

    Carry on.

  • stfallon1028

    Great endorsement, I love this movie

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