Earlier this month, English director Andrew Haigh visited Criterion for a screening of his new film, 45 Years, and he was joined by his movie’s star, the exquisite Charlotte Rampling. The film, based on a short story by David Constantine, presents a quietly heartbreaking examination of a marriage under pressure and pairs Rampling with fellow screen legend Tom Courtenay: the duo play a retired couple whose peaceful, stable life is rocked when they receive a bit of surprising news from the past. While the story might seem worlds away from Weekend, Haigh’s breakout 2011 drama about two young men whose one night stand develops into a love affair, the director’s affinity for intimate, delicately observed stories about the complexities of relationships is ever-present.
And when Haigh and Rampling took a trip into the Criterion closet, their own charming closeness was clearly evident. Above, you can watch what happened—and see 45 Years in theaters this weekend.