In 45 YEARS, a comfortably retired couple is shaken by a letter that arrives the week they are preparing to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary.
The husband (played by two-time Oscar nominee Tom Courtenay) is being asked to identify the body of his long-ago sweetheart which has been found perfectly preserved in a Swiss glacier after she fell to her death in a hiking accident.
He warily informs his wife (played by Charlotte Rampling, nominated for an Academy Award for this performance) that the request has come because he was listed in the official record of the accident as next of kin even though they were never actually married.
Considerably shaken, she proceeds to find in the attic another secret even more overwhelming than the rest. Yet they go ahead with the party.
A devastating portrait of the damage that secrets can cause — this is a film you certainly do not want to see alone as it merits further discussion long after the credits have rolled. Rated R.
“This is superb yet restrained drama of the highest order, definitely not to be missed.” — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“★★★★...As for Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, who play Kate and Geoff, they are so exquisitely true and right in every behavioral instinct, each delicate negotiation, it's a privilege to watch them work. You do not detect any effort. You only see the bracing results..” — Chicago Tribune
“★★★★. . . It usually takes a few decades to sort these things out, but it’s just possible that what Charlotte Rampling does in “45 Years” may someday be considered one of the greatest performances by an actress in the history of the movies. ” — Ty Burr, Boston Globe