Arts & Entertainment

45 Years

A wedding anniversary should be a happy occasion, especially when it’s been a solid and long-lasting marriage. Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff Mercer (Tom Courtenay) are about to celebrate their 45th anniversary with a big party when a letter arrives for Geoff that upends their world.

The news haunts Geoff and he is consumed with memories of his past life and love. This in turn isolates and infuriates Kate who finds it more and more difficult to relate to her husband and to maintain a normal facade in front of their friends.

45 Years details the week from Geoff receiving the letter to the day of the party. Everyday mundane activities are interspersed with the couple’s intense exchanges. It’s slow and heavy going at times, however the realistic portrayal of this marriage in crisis and its unresolved ending keeps you wondering long afterward. (ASim)