Dealing with the sudden revelation about a former lover of husband Geoff, director Haigh tells the story from the viewpoint of wife Kate. Their quietly contented life begins to unravel with the approach of their 45th wedding anniversary party. Beautifully shot in Norfolk with fine performances from Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. “Haigh has taken David Constantine’s short story – a mere twelve pages in print – and expanded the world while managing to distil every beat to crystalline clarity.” Allie Gemmill, Cine Vue. (Cert 15)
Dir: Andrew Haigh 91mins UK 2015
45 Years, by Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 2011) stars Charlotte Rampling (Melancholia, 2011; The Duchess, 2008) and Sir Tom Courtenay (Doctor Zhivago, 1965; Quartet, 2012).
Based on the short story In Another Country by David Constantine, 45 Years follows married couple Kate and Geoff Mercer, played by our leading actors, preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary. However, they receive news that turns their world upside down. How will they cope with the revelation this news brings?
This is not the first time Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay have shared the screen together. They previously appeared in the 2013 romantic thriller, Night Train to Lisbon. In tonight’s film, fans of Courtenay may notice Geoff’s coffee mug is a nod to his real-life ties with Hull City AFC. Another nod to him comes in a cafe scene, when George, played by David Sibley (Gandhi, 1982; Closed Circuit, 2013), suggests that Geoff play the ukulele. In real life, Tom Courtenay is an avid ukulele player.
For her role in tonight’s film, Rampling was nominated for this year’s Best Actress Oscar. She won the Silver Bear at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival and the Best Performance award at that year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, where she tied with James Cosmos for his part in The Pyramid Texts (2015).
Acknowledgements: IMDB.com, The Guardian, Total Film
“This story is about whether secrets can be survived, whether the knowing or not knowing is more injurious. Haigh’s very fine, classically modulated, film keeps these questions alive until literally its last shot, and lets them jangle their way through you for days afterwards” Tim Robey, The Telegraph
Kate Mercer: Charlotte Rampling
Geoff Mercer: Tom Courtenay
Lena: Geraldine James
George: David Sibley
Director: Andrew Haigh
Producer Tristan Goligher
Screenplay: Andrew Haigh
Cinematography: Lol Crawley
Another ABCD film I enjoyed – particularly Charlotte Rampling’s acting
Slow burning study of obsession saved (sic) by superb acting
A bit slow …. but thought provoking
“At film club on Poets’ Day
Young farmers are busy scything hay
While Kate discovers to her great dismay
Of husband’s frozen relationship
So whatever can she say?”
Thoughtful delayering of an old onion!
Saved the best till last
Very realistic but ending a little unsatisfactory
I ended up disappointed that something more significant was not there lurking in his past
Could have done with a good half hour cut out of it! The pedestrian pace made it seem rather longer than it really was
It’s been a long week in East Anglia …. Dialogue rather muffled in parts
Edgy and gripping although I didn’t much like the two main characters [!]. Too much heavy [dominant] use of ambient sound at times obscured the dialogue
Sound ‘blurry’ in parts
A bit slow
Rather dragged on a bit ….
What was the point?