Keep the Lights On

Harris Theater

November 23 to December 6
Final Week Showtimes Nov 30-Dec 6
Mon-Wed 7:30 | Thur 5:30, 7:30

This tender romantic drama charts the volatile and complex decade-long relationship between two men. The screenplay was constructed from the director’s diaries, and emails, which chronicled his own long-term relationship. We meet a documentarian named Erik (Thure Lindhardt) working on a project about filmmaker Avery Willard when he first encounters Paul (Zachary Booth) a lawyer, on a cruising chat line. Paul brushes him off , but eventually the bond between the two men takes over. They build a relationship, but each battles demons of addiction and compulsion. This melancholy film’s narrative checks in with the couple every few years. Illustrating their life in art, it includes real footage from Willard’s short films and a score by the late avant-garde cellist and vocalist Arthur Russell. (Ira Sachs; 2012; USA; 101 min)