All who love are blind?
Classic Elsternwick - Sunday 7 February 2016, 4:00pm
Running time: 95m
Country: United Kingdom
Release date: 11/02/16
Rating: 6/10 (3/5 ME, 3/5 DP)
Six days before a party to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary, Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff (Tom Courtenay) receive some disturbing news. The body of Geoff's pre-marriage girlfriend Katya has been discovered frozen in a glacier in the Swiss Alps. The news creates a disturbing dynamic as Kate begins to doubt her marriage to the man she'd always trusted.
45 Years is an intense drama about a marriage suddenly in crisis. Although set over a short period of time (6 days), the pace is very slow with the relationship between the two drawn out in excruciating detail. Despite the chocolate box 'Midsomer Murders' look of their home, this isn't a whodunnit to solve. The death of Katya is a fact that they've both lived with for a long time, but somehow the news of the discovery of her body creates a new tension for Kate. The performances are strong, the dialogue sparse and the supporting cast is unnecessary as Kate's crisis plays out against Geoff's ambivalence.
45 Years is a polished film, though we're not sure Charlotte Rampling's performance will bring home an Oscar against much stronger competition. It's a subtle film that requires careful attention to get the most out of it and viewers who require a most explicit storyline will find it frustrating; the final moments of the film say it all without saying anything.
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