Wednesday, December 30, 2015

6. 45 Years

Directed by Andrew Haigh
Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James, Dolly Wells

 This is English director Andrew Haigh’s follow-up to his acclaimed indie film Weekend, is a strange wedding anniversary to celebrate with a full-scale party, as the venue coordinator in this shattering, shivery marital drama remarks. Kate Mercer (Charlotte Rampling) is quick to explain: the party for their 40th was cancelled at short notice, you see, when her husband Geoff (Tom Courtenay) underwent bypass surgery. 

Comfortably off, Left-wing, childless, this provincial couple has a week to go before the much-postponed occasion: theoretically a week of planning, dress purchasing, a bit of social fretting. Instead, it becomes the week when a cold, stony nugget of realization sinks to the bottom of their marriage and stays there. It’s spurred by a letter to Geoff from the Swiss authorities, explaining that the perfectly-preserved body of his ex-girlfriend, Katya, has been found, 50 years after she slipped into an Alpine crevasse. This film shattered Rampling’s own relationship in real life.

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