Sundance Selects | Release Date: December 23, 2015
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SteveSandbergMay 6, 2016
I have to admit to being disappointed by this film, and also thoroughly surprised and bemused by its composite rank at the top of the critical ratings. It's a very well-acted picture, but with the skillful acting in the service of a slimI have to admit to being disappointed by this film, and also thoroughly surprised and bemused by its composite rank at the top of the critical ratings. It's a very well-acted picture, but with the skillful acting in the service of a slim story premised on the idea that a woman (Charlotte Rampling) could be married to a man (Tom Courtney) for 45 years without ever sensing that he had had a previous love. This seems naive. Furthermore, although the embers are obviously dimmed in old age, you don't get the sense that this relationship was ever so romantic that it would have blinded the woman to the husband's secret for very long. Theirs has been a marriage of companionship and mutual comfort, not passion; without passion, there is no plausibility for her failure of perception. It was only when Rampling surreptitiously viewed some decades-old slides of the young woman taken before her tragic death that I personally felt any sense of dramatic involvement with the movie. The earthy, sensual face that stares out at us in those photographs, Rampling's diametrical opposite in every way, was very well-chosen; and in those moments you do get the sense that she would have been a much better match for Courtney….. But in general I found thin reasons here to justify the near-cosmic rating. Expand
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TVJerryFeb 3, 2016
Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay play a couple approaching their 45th wedding anniversary and a celebratory party. The week before, a letter arrives that stirs up emotions from his past and brings the sincerity of their marriage intoCharlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay play a couple approaching their 45th wedding anniversary and a celebratory party. The week before, a letter arrives that stirs up emotions from his past and brings the sincerity of their marriage into question. Rampling has received an Oscar nom for her underplayed performance, but it’s the entire movie that’s reserved and unsentimental. We watch them mundanely go about their daily interactions with a deliberate pace. Nothing about the film is especially affected or emotional. There are quiet observations and lots of her looking (into mirrors, fields, waterways). I found it tasteful and Rampling lovely, but the underplayed drama and objective direction made me impatient and underwhelmed. Expand
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ScraperNov 19, 2016
45 Years pits the simple concept of devotion against a lifetime. To feel it completely, each movement and action of the characters must be held up to this light. I cannot dislike the movie as it was so genuine and uniquely reaches climax in45 Years pits the simple concept of devotion against a lifetime. To feel it completely, each movement and action of the characters must be held up to this light. I cannot dislike the movie as it was so genuine and uniquely reaches climax in the final seconds. I did however feel it could've used more of a revelation. There were so many chances to reach the heartbeat of the human condition, but decides instead to leave us feeling the way it's characters are: on the outside looking in. Expand
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fungusgnatMar 15, 2016
Kate and Geoff are hardly passionate about their lives, but they have some money, good friends, and a dog; they seem content. Then Geoff receives a letter: the body of his pre-Kate lover, killed in a climbing accident, has been found inKate and Geoff are hardly passionate about their lives, but they have some money, good friends, and a dog; they seem content. Then Geoff receives a letter: the body of his pre-Kate lover, killed in a climbing accident, has been found in melting ice (making this the first climate-change domestic drama?). This discovery brings memories of twenty-something passion and optimism into a house imbued with sixty-something acceptance, and the resulting trainwreck grows more interesting and affecting the farther it grinds along the rails. Takes a while to get there, though, or seems to, despite the film’s 95-minute length. Rampling is outstanding, and nowhere more than in the film’s masterful last scene. P.S. If you want to read a pro review of this movie, I suggest A. A. Dowd of the A.V. Club, who is one of several pointing out the ghost-story-like character of this film. Expand
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BeeceeFeb 7, 2016
As has been described, the film takes place during the week leading up to the couple's 45th wedding anniversary, when Tom Courtenay's character finds out that his previous lover Katya's remains were found on a mountain in Switzerland. TheAs has been described, the film takes place during the week leading up to the couple's 45th wedding anniversary, when Tom Courtenay's character finds out that his previous lover Katya's remains were found on a mountain in Switzerland. The movie is basically about the couple's reaction to this news. Both Courtenay and Rampling give naturalistic perrmances, but the film is very slow moving. Charlotte Rampling never really discusses her discoveries or her feelings with her husband, so the audience does get the anticipated payoff. Somehow there doesn't seem to be enough plot for a full length movie, and I was frankly bored. Expand
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smiyamotJun 18, 2016
Great acting, poor script. Okay, I'm American, there are countries in the world (China) where the person you marry is expected to be pure (a virgin.) So the woman character finds out her husband's old girlfriend might have been prettyGreat acting, poor script. Okay, I'm American, there are countries in the world (China) where the person you marry is expected to be pure (a virgin.) So the woman character finds out her husband's old girlfriend might have been pretty serious, or not, and she's bent out of shape. YIKES! that was 55 years ago and the girlfriend died in an accident. Get over it. So the story line is hard to accept, but the acting, superb. Her facial expressions and body language, she doesn't have to speak lines. She should have won the Oscar. Expand
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