Year of Release: 2015
Director: Andrew Haigh
Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James, Dolly Wells, David Sibley
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7
Synopsis & Review:
Andrew Haigh has been a close observer of relationships in all his projects thus far. "45 Years" observes in detail how a relationship that has existed for a lifetime, contains secrets that threaten its existence. The unveiling of the situation behind Jeff's first relationship and its impact on his subsequent one with Kate are deeply felt by her, who gradually understands how their lives were impacted by secrets that were kept from her. This finally escalates to her dramatic moments at the celebration of their union, where Kate finally acknowledges the anger she feels towards her partner and their marriage. This film is a powerful and realistic look at the evolution of a long relationship between two people, and how some unspoken truths can damage something beyond repair. Andrew Haigh perfectly captures the existence and lives of these two people, who are brought to life by two fantastic actors, Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. They both depict people whose lives are altered by a past event, that has in a way always existed in their lives, but that now becomes something very real and palpable. It's a film made from a frank and honest point of view, much like Andrew Haigh had done with "Weekend". A very good film worth watching.