Keep the Lights On Reviews
The emotional connection is supposed to the basis for this indie addiction story, but it's never quite felt. In fact, it results in some eye rolling moments. Why is the couple still together at all after all the shit they both put up with? The viewer might understand this if we were ever told what makes Paul (Zachary Booth) or Erik (Thure Lindhardt) so lovable. Instead, we're treated to the standard "he's kind and supportive." Lazy. Not to say we deserve an answer to the enigma of why we love certain people. I think that's part of the movie. But if so, it's wrapped in layers and layers of red herrings.
"KEEP THE LIGHTS ON" certainly has strengths: some of its side stories, like a planned pregnancy, STD-scare, and workloads. But they're half-realized ideas most of the time. And they're in the movie's first half, by far the better portion. After that, the crack addiction storyline is repetitive and long. I can't speak to its authenticity, either. It's not a complete waste of time, just one that should employ more emotional investment.
Mildly amusing, though frighteningly accurate, quote from Keep The Lights On - an absorbing film about: falling in and out of love; how addiction affects relationships; and finding the courage to forgive and forget and move on.
As far as I can gather, it only has a limited release in the UK, so if you do get a chance to see it, I thoroughly recommend it.
As for being up-and-coming and on the wrong side of thirty, persevere.
I would say this is pretty unwatchable