45 Years


Sequoia 1 Fri, Oct 9, 2015 5:30 PM
Rafael 1 Mon, Oct 12, 2015 2:30 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:93 min
Director:Andrew Haigh
Producer:Tristan Goligher
Screenwriter:Andrew Haigh
Cinematographer:Lol Crawley
Editor:Jonathan Alberts
Cast:Charlotte Rampling
Tom Courtenay
Geraldine James
Dolly Wells
David Sibley
Sam Alexander
Richard Cunningham
Print Source:IFC Films
Note Writer:Zoë Elton


Exquisite performances by Tom Courtenay (Geoff) and Charlotte Rampling (Kate) in this portrait of a marriage seen from the vantage point of its impending 45th anniversary make Andrew Haigh’s film a revelation in every way. When Geoff receives a letter saying that his late girlfriend’s body has been found frozen into a glacier in the Swiss Alps after a fall in the 1960s, the bedrock of his marriage is shaken. As previously untold details of his earlier relationship are gradually revealed, Kate and Geoff circle the questions, spoken and unspoken, that an image frozen in the past brings up. It’s like a chamber piece performed by two actors on top of their form, with a subtlety and insight both moving and poignant. Based on a short story, it brings to mind Joyce’s The Dead. Appropriately, Courtenay and Rampling were each rewarded with Best Actor awards at the 2015 Berlinale.

Additional Information

Andrew Haigh worked as an assistant editor on films such as Gladiator and Black Hawk Down before debuting as a writer/director with the short film Oil. In 2009 he directed his first feature-length film, Greek Pete, which debuted at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and won the Artistic Achievement Award at Outfest. His breakout film, Weekend (2011), premiered at SXSW, winning the Emerging Visions Audience Award. It went on to win numerous awards including two British Independent Film Awards and an Evening Standard Award for Best Screenplay. Haigh also won the London Film Critics Award for Best Breakthrough Filmmaker. He is currently the executive producer on the HBO show Looking, for which he also writes and directs multiple episodes