45 Years

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45 Years offers richly thought-provoking rewards for fans of adult cinema -- and a mesmerizing acting showcase for leads Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay.



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There is just one week until Kate Mercer's forty-fifth wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.

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Charlotte Rampling
as Kate Mercer
Tom Courtenay
as Geoff Mercer
Dolly Wells
as Charlotte
Hannah Chambers
as Travel Agent
Richard Cunningham
as Mr. Watkins
Sam Alexander
as Chris the Postman
Max Rudd
as Maitre d'
Camille Ucan
as Cafe Waitress
Charles Booth
as Jewelry Shop Manager
Paul Goldsmith
as Brewery Security
Martin Atkinson
as The Smoking Chef
Rachel Banham
as Waitress
Peter Dean Jackson
as Jarrold's Shopper
Lucy Temple
as Shopper
Elle Tivey
as Shopper
Alexandra Riddleston
as Woman in Cafe (uncredited)
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One week before a couple's 45th wedding anniversary, the husband receives news that his first love's remains have been found preserved in ice on the mountains where she fell and died nearly fifty years ago. He is understandably shaken, and his wife is at first supportive and curious, but then increasingly insecure, especially when he starts obsessively reminiscing over his quixotic twenties instead of helping her plan their anniversary party. This quiet, if slow, drama is a stark, sad look at the emotional detritus that builds up over an aging life and the little heartbreaks and secret truths that can unravel a long marriage. Charlotte Rampling's gracefully lined face achingly captures Kate's passive aggressions, and she delivers a thirty-second actor's masterclass in that one-sided dialogue scene of her on the phone, confirming the party songlist with the event planner and deliberately avoiding "their song" only to capitulate in a subtle fit of anguish at the very end.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

It seems very odd to say that I would prefer to watch a conventional love story after viewing this film, but I whole-heartedly believe that. This is a very frustrating picture. "45 Years" follows an elderly couple about to celebrate their forty-fifth wedding anniversary, and while they are deeply in love, what comes into their lives is devastating for one of them. As a story is uncovered about a past lover, Geoff begins to recall everything they did together before he married his current wife. Explaining his past to her, emotions being to fly and the performances are what drive the rest of the film. Aside from great direction, a brilliant cast in Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, and dialogue that will have you believing what is being presented, this film feels a little unfinished. I do understand the praise around this film, but by the end, I felt myself wanting so much more, and most reviews do not touch on that. This couple is about to reach the peak of the their marriage and everything in the last frame was off for me. It was trying to give a huge emotionally payoff, but I was left empty and wanting to understand their feelings. That is the main plot of the story, and I do not feel it was explored enough. In he end, "45 Years" flows at a good pace and it's 97 minutes running time is the perfect length for this story. It is a nice watch, but nothing more.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

As the day approaches of their 45th wedding anniversary a letter arrives and changes a once solid marriage from the ground up. The leads (as well as the director/writer) wisely keep their distance, allowing the viewer complete opportunity for close inspection of an obvious yet horrifying truth about life, one we usually choose to be silent about.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A nuanced and mature story about mature people, enriched by two outstanding performances from the main leads; still, it feels like the strength of the narrative is diluted somehow by Haigh's restrained, schematic direction, especially in its silent moments of introspection.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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