Just a few words on 45 Years. Three words in fact: Charlotte was magnificent. In many character dramas, we might say that the actor delivered a nuanced performance. Or you might hear that an actor fully inhabited the character. In the case of Charlotte Rampling, she was Kate Mercer. Her facial expressions, her voice tone and modulations, her body language and gestures, were all so incredibly authentic that I kept thinking she must have gone through this precise experience to so strikingly and seamlessly be her character.
A close second in authenticity was Tom Courtenay as her husband Geoff. He, too, put all the pieces of his character together and created the perfect partner for Rampling. Both of these actors have storied careers, and I know that if you’re interested, with a click of your device, you can check out their filmographies on IMDB, so I won’t catalogue them here.
The storyline is simple. The Mercers have been married now for 45 years, and their big party is coming up in a week. As the film opens, Geoff receives a letter that discloses something hugely important from his past, and this news plays a critical role in how the week will unfold and how each character will be affected, both individually and together.
The dreary, almost claustrophobic, atmosphere of their country house in which the drama takes place is relieved by gorgeous and spacious landscape scenes, courtesy of cinematographer, Lol Crawley. Thank you, Lol, for your awesome contribution.
TBH (text talk for “to be honest”), 45 Years might be most appealing to viewers of a certain age, or those who have been married a long time. The film received almost unanimous critical acclaim, however, so regardless of age or marital status, you might want to give it a spin.
And yes, Brie Larson was so very outstanding in Room (check out Brie in Short Term 12, excellent Indie sleeper), but Charlotte Rampling has achieved something very remarkable here, and I hope a lot of you will get to see her performance. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
DVD Release Date: 6/14/16