Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay are both superb in 45 Years. Another great film about grown-ups – one of the best I’ve seen for a long time – with two of the finest British actors. The film depicts a week in the life of married couple, Kate and Geoff, about to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary.  But it’s not all seating arrangements and party poppers; on the Monday, Geoff receives a letter from the Swiss authorities informing him that the preserved body of his previous girlfriend Katya, who died in a walking accident in the Alps, in the 1960s, has been found. This changes everything. Geoff is consumed by the past, starts smoking again and spending time up in the attic rummaging through old diaries and mementos. Rampling at her stoic best, suddenly has to question their marriage while preparing for the big day…

Beautifully acted, 45 Years is subtle, smart and chilling; it’s a brilliant film, go see it.


18 thoughts on “Best film of the summer: 45 Years

  1. Hope it gets here to Brazil. I’ve seen Weekend in Paris (not sure if is the original title) and, although more in a comedy style I found it a great movie on aging and relationships.
    Have a great week and a lovely September,
    PS. The title is Le Weekend, with Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan.

  2. Oh, I need to see this! Wonder if I’ll be able to find it in Bordeaux (where we’ll be for the next month) or will I need to wait until we get back home. A big Charlotte Rampling fan, plus we’ve just passed our 42nd. . .

  3. Le Weekend I highly recommend. I’ve watched it twice and see something different in it every time. A perfect comment on longstanding couples and being of the May 68 generation. Following very good reviews I watched 45 Years on a Pay on Demand Virgin Media service at the same time it was in cinemas. Although well acted I found it both slow paced and bleak. I don’t recommend it.

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