Saturday, 20 February 2016

45 YEARS

A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receive shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives. —IMDB

A deep and nuanced exploration of the effect a past event in the  life of one spouse has on a marriage when it comes to light. It’s slow and reflective with Charlotte Rampling (who plays the wife) putting in a great performance. It’s a simple story with profound significance. The last act is moving and unsettling. The characters are developed well over the course of the film and the cinematography mirrors the internal disturbances experienced by the protagonists. 45 YEARS is more European in its sensibilities than a Hollywood spectacle so check it out if you want to see something meaningful and reflective that doesn’t rush the viewer to the conclusion. Having said all that, I don’t think it has the dramatic potency it could have had. But it is worth a look.


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