45 Years

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.

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  • ★★★★ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd

    They asked me how I knew

    My true love was true

    I of course replied

    Something here inside cannot be denied

    They said "someday you'll find all who love are blind"

    When your heart's on fire,

    You must realize, smoke gets in your eyes

    So I chaffed them and I gaily laughed

    To think they could doubt my love

    Yet today my love has flown away,

    I am without my love (without my love)

    Now laughing friends deride

    Tears I cannot hide

    So I smile and say

    When a lovely flame dies, smoke gets in your eyes

    Smoke gets in your eyes

  • ★★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd

    The fact that Charlotte Rampling's performance lost out to

    Brie Larson's is legitimately the cinematic crime of the century.

  • ★★★★★ review by Jonathan White on Letterboxd

    TIFF 2015 Film #14

    Reason for Pick – buzz / acting awards from the Berlin Film Fest.

    Every once in a while a film comes along that is so natural, so real, that you forget that you’re watching a film, but rather become the proverbial fly-on-the-wall. Heneke’s heartbreaking Amour is a recent example. 45 years is just such a film.

    Also in common with Amour is the fact that it’s practically a two-hander, and stars two veteran actors in their senior years. Where Amour deals with love’s unbreakable bond, 45 years, alternately tells a story about how the seed of mistrust, once planted, is difficult to keep from springing forth, and threatens just such a union.

    45 Years is paced at the speed of life, and director breaks the drama down into a week’s worth of daily chapters. We learned during the Q&A that followed that writer / director Andrew Heigh took the more difficult and expensive route of shooting the story in scene order as to nurse out the delicate nuances needed from the performances.

    Both Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling, as Geoff and Kate Mercer, a British couple about to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary, give career defining performances, but it’s Rampling that makes the film the masterpiece it is. This is Kate’s story, and much how Rampling conveys it is with subtle expressions. Yes, there is dialogue that moves the story forward, but the story is as much about how Kate is emotionally effected as it is about the narrative arc.

    45 Years is an actor’s film, and an absolute triumph. It reads like a play, but never feels stagey in the slights. To crown the achievement, Heigh delivers one of the most subtle, yet remarkable endings I’ve ever seen.

  • ★★★★½ review by Adam Kempenaar on Letterboxd

    Will be a while before I shake this one.

  • ★★★½ review by matt lynch on Letterboxd

    I hate looking at people's old vacation slides too.

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