45 Years

45 Years

Directed by Andrew Haigh • 2015 • United Kingdom
Starring Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay

In this exquisitely calibrated film, Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay 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. Director Andrew 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.

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45 Years
  • 45 Years

    Directed by Andrew Haigh • 2015 • United Kingdom
    Starring Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay

    In this exquisitely calibrated film, Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay perform a subtly off-kilter pas de deux as Kate and Geoff, an English couple who, on the eve of an anniversary celebration, fin...

Extras

  • 45 YEARS Commentary

    Recorded in 2014, this commentary features director Andrew Haigh and producer Tristan Goligher.

  • The Making of 45 YEARS

    This documentary, produced in 2016, features interviews with 45 YEARS cast and crew: director Andrew Haigh, producer Tristan Goligher, stars Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling, editor Jonathan Alberts, and director of photography Lol Crawley.

  • David Constantine on 45 YEARS

    Author and poet David Constantine was surprised to learn that his short story “In Another Country” had been optioned to be adapted into a film. In this interview, conducted in 2016, Constantine discusses his story, the changes director Andrew Haigh made in adapting it, and how he feels about the ...