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Keep the Lights on 2012 18

102 mins USA

In 1998 a filmmaker escapes the pain of a break-up through casual sex and meets a closeted lawyer with a girlfriend. Despite the latter’s initial refusal to commit, the pair fall in love, but drug addiction threatens to tear the relationship apart. The film is a deeply personal work from Ira Sachs, who based the story on one of his past relationships.

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Featuring

Thure Lindhardt

Paprika Steen

Zachary Booth

Genres

Drama

Collection

American Indie Sex BFI Flare presents

Certificate

18 Contains hard drug use, strong sex and sex references

Released

2012

Country

USA

Language

English

Production company

Keep The Lights On, Inc.

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