45 Years Tuesday, 07 April 2020

45 Years

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language and sex scene.

  • The pitch:

    Feels like 45 minutes.

  • Starring:

    Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James, Dolly Wells, David Sibley

  • Directed by:

    Andrew Haigh

  • Running time:

    95 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    Battle of Trafalgar, [Admiral Lord] Nelson killed, Bay of Pigs [invasion], hammering a nail into your hand, "kill themselves with disappointment", fascist, Nazi mentioned. Arguing. Blood/gore: Wound-dressing, bandage. Stories of body being found, hiking accident, slicing finger, screaming, bypass [surgery] mentioned.


    A couple has bedroom sex. Kissing, undressing. Man in underwear, people in nightwear, low-cut gowns. Woman in bath (no nudity). Flirting mentioned.


    Alcohol (wine, champagne, spirits). A woman takes an unknown prescription pill. Cabinet of prescription medicine seen. Smoking (cigarettes).


    F-words, s-word, bloody, bastard. Name-calling. Religious exclamations. Hooker mentioned.


    Marriage, anniversaries, ageing, the past, jealousy, doubt, understanding, sensibility, keepsakes, memories, parties, childlessness, resentment, fear.


    Dead girlfriend, dead mother, divorce mentioned. Dogs. Vomiting (off-screen). From the book In Another Country by David Constantine.


    Elegant, empathetic, simple, stunning, suspenseful, intelligent, moving, commanding, contemplative, moving, shattering, shivery, lingering, brilliant, eerie, restrained, thoughtful, involving, delicate, absorbing, poignant, assured, compassionate, subtle, sophisticated, polished. Superb/powerful/wonderful/understated lead performances, smart casting, modest pacing, careful storytelling, believable pillow talk, expressionist landscapes, rich lensing.


    This won't reach the broad audience it deserves.

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