Keep the Lights On – Heartbreaking tale of a Doomed Relationship

Hey Guys! It has been a long time since I wrote something here. As all over the world, people are under lockdown because of the fear of Covid -19 spreading at an alarming rate, I am too. So, I felt I should start again the one thing which has the power to keep me sane till it all ends, writing. 

My heart goes out to the victims of the virus and I hope the world overcomes it soon.


Keep the lights on is a story about Erik, a filmmaker, who falls in love with Paul. The movie is about their decade long relationship with many highs and lows and how their lives, tangled into each other’s, gets affected by the choices they make.


First of all, hats-off to the direction by Ira Sachs. The film is shot in a very sombre manner which states that the men were never meant to be together to begin with, without the characters explicitly saying it in the film. I am excited now to see his much spoken about “Love is Strange” if I wasn’t before. Another thing which I liked is the character development of the protagonist. As he is a filmmaker, he is depicted as eccentric who follows his desire but at the same time, we see him getting entirely overwhelmed by not being able to handle his relationship. As if he is putting so much efforts to make it work but it doesn’t seem to be happening like he wanted which makes him furious and forces him to say or assume something which makes the whole situation even worse. Erik is played by Thure Lindhart. I haven’t seen any of his other work, but I’ll sure keep a lookout from now on.


The movie occasionally takes a very slow pace which might be a turn off to some people but I’ll recommend one and all to stay fixated as all the other times, the movie is truly heartbreaking. The truthfulness of the characters, the amber cinematography, the contemporary demeanours but still yearning for traditional facets of a relationship like having a child, are the things which triumph for Keep the Lights on. It’s the absence of emotional transparency between the couple which makes it one of the most moving films of its time.

Do give it a go if you’re a fan of watching budding romantic flings on-screen and are not too afraid of watching it all shatter as well in less than an hour and a half.


NOTE: If you like, “Keep the Lights On”, you might also like, “Happy Together” by Kar-Wai Wong.









2 thoughts on “Keep the Lights On – Heartbreaking tale of a Doomed Relationship

  1. Well I like your style of writing this review. Will watch it this weekend. Looking forward to many more reviews from you.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sanskriti Geete April 1, 2020 — 7:35 pm

    Amazingly described Shivam. Keep going. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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