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In this exquisitely calibrated film by Andrew Haigh (Weekend), Charlotte Rampling (The Night Porter) and Tom Courtenay (Billy Liar) perform a subtly off-kilter pas de deux as Kate and Geoff, an English couple who, on the eve of an anniversary celebration, find their long marriage shaken by the arrival of a letter to Geoff that unceremoniously collapses his past into their shared present. Haigh carries the tradition of British realist cinema to artful new heights in 45 Years, weaving the momentous into the mundane as the pair go about their daily lives, while the evocatively flat, wintry Norfolk landscape frames their struggle to maintain an increasingly untenable status quo. Loosely adapting a short story by David Constantine, Haigh shifts the focus from the slightly erratic Geoff to Kate, eliciting a remarkable, nuanced portrayal by Rampling of a woman’s gradual metamorphosis from unflappable wife to woman undone.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
-High-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Andrew Haigh, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
-Audio commentary featuring Haigh and producer Tristan Goligher
-New documentary featuring interviews with Haigh, Goligher, actors Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, editor Jonathan Alberts, and director of photography Lol Crawley
-New interview with David Constantine, author of the short story on which the film is based
-PLUS: An essay by critic Ella Taylor
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 5.92 Ounces
- Item model number : 43449016
- Director : Andrew Haigh
- Media Format : AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 35 minutes
- Release date : March 7, 2017
- Actors : Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Criterion Collection
- ASIN : B01MQWJYZM
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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Stories require conflict; otherwise, there is nothing to keep you interested. Here, the so-called conflict is so minimal and insignificant that I lost interest. After 45 years of marriage, a husband receives news from his distant past: After 50 years, his old girlfriend's body has been found. She had died in a mountain climbing accident when he and she were in their 20's. He reminisces and broods about it, which makes his wife upset and jealous. Not exactly compelling drama.
Perhaps this was intended to be a character study of the wife and her insecurity. But her character is not well developed enough to give us any insight. She just mopes around for 90 minutes. That's about it.
Slow moving films don't bother me. If they're done well, they can invoke thought and reflection. This film does nothing. Zilch.
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The film adds more detail, according to the actors' own personal skills, e.g. Charlotte Rampling piano playing.
Tom Courtenay, a fine actor, Little Dorritt, Dr. Zhivago, excellent.
His acting portrays his bewilderment and shock of learning his fiancé's body, found after 45 plus years, losing her life, deeply frozen in ice where they were holidaying.
His love for his wife profound, he confides in her about Katya, she responds with "Who...?"
And she starts to feel he has kept secrets from her for all their married life.
As an audience member, I empathised with them both, understanding totally both their reactions.
Trust, knowing people well, not with-holding anything, means both parties.
Ending is also thought provoking.
Leaving the audience to work out what happens next......eg almost a "what would YOU do?"
This story could be used in debate and discussion in schools, colleges, universities.
Especially in these days of "instant news".