There is just one week until Kate Mercer's 45th 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.Wikipedia
45 Years Reviews
I first watched 45 Years at the Berlin Film Festival in February last year, and I wasn’t able to shake it off for weeks. Having re-watched it again this week for the purpose of this review, I’m happy to report it hasn’t lost any of its incredible power.The film creeps upon you slowly and just doesn’t let go.
This is a film though about few words, and most of the action happens in the way the gaze of the two lead roles changes, how she tentatively returns his embrace when they are dancing, the ferocity with which she strikes the piano keys, and moments in which they don’t lock eyes but when they let their eyes drop.
The film is something that you should find time to watch, because it feels like a really long film even though it is just 91 minutes. As a statutory warning, do not watch this film with your significant other, maybe you will never get a letter about your ex who never was, but once someone really looks at you and starts poking, who knows what you might reveal?
The direction and screenplay (intertitles are used) is understated, but younger viewers might find themselves stifling a yawn or two at times. The slow pace however, can make 45 Years' somewhat brisk run-time seem much longer. On the other hand, the film is perfect for the elderly to see, be intrigued by and savor.
The small, incidental changes in his day-to-day behavior are perfectly portrayed by the actor. Charlotte Rampling was a celebrated English beauty in her prime and still looks gorgeous. Courtenay is good but this is her film.
A sort of British ‘Amour’ this wonderful film that rarely goes beyond the four walls of the home has keenly calibrated soulful performances from both the leads.
For all its enormous inner strength and its use of nostalgia as a tool of emotional strength 45 Years is a strikingly sterile look at a marriage that has apparently weathered many storms but remains steadfast in its place. If there’s any reason you need to watch the film it’s to see how casually graceful the lead pair makes the drama of a past betrayal in a marriage.
A beautifully portrayed romantic drama, the movie broods on the insecurity struggles of a couple, 45 years into their marriage. The brilliant performances by the lead actors and the emotional baggage of the story make it worth a watch, especially for romance lovers.
If this dramatic piece holds your attention, it is because of Rampling’s ability to convey so much through her eyes and expressions, Courtenay’s understated performance providing her with the requisite cues.
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