45 Years

45 Years
Review: Kate and Geoff are preparing to celebrate their forty-fifth wedding anniversary. Just before they celebrate Geoff receives a letter. It is news that a body of his first love has been discovered. Can their marriage still survive?
Director: Andrew Haigh
Actors: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay and Geraldine James
Year: 2015
Genre: Drama and Romance
Conclusion: 4/5
As much as I enjoyed this there weren’t as many shocking moments as I thought there were going to be. Even though Charlotte Rampling is up for a Academy Award I do feel that Tom Courtenay has been side lined and that it is much his film as her’s. Fantastic performances from both Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. Brilliant direction from Andrew Haigh who is most famous for directing Gladiator. If you study this film you will notice that during the sequential days the Seasons change. This film is based on a 12-page story by David Constantine called Another Country. I got the feeling in this that the couple didn’t really have anything in common with each other and didn’t really ever know what to say. I felt that they had quite an empty life. The scenery of the Norfolk coast is lovely. Great to see a location like that as it is very rare for the Norfolk coast to get used. I did find it slow at times and felt they could have cut a few minutes of the film out. At times I did find myself emotionally moved especially with one of the scenes. If Charlotte Rampling didn’t take on this role the other actress who would have been very good is Judi Dench. Another film that is quite similar to this is a french film named Cache or Hidden as it is sometimes known.

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