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45 Years

Andrew Haigh

 
45 Years (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 2015
  • 95 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #861

In this exquisitely calibrated film, Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay perform a subtly off-kilter pas de deux as Kate and Geoff, an English couple who, on the eve of an anniversary celebration, find their long marriage shaken by the arrival of a letter to Geoff that unceremoniously collapses his past into their shared present. Director Andrew Haigh carries the tradition of British realist cinema to artful new heights in 45 Years, weaving the momentous into the mundane as the pair go about their daily lives, while the evocatively flat, wintry Norfolk landscape frames their struggle to maintain an increasingly untenable status quo. Loosely adapting a short story by David Constantine, Haigh shifts the focus from the slightly erratic Geoff to Kate, eliciting a remarkable, nuanced portrayal by Rampling of a woman’s gradual metamorphosis from unflappable wife to woman undone.

Cast

Kate MercerCharlotte Rampling
Geoff MercerTom Courtenay
LenaGeraldine James
CharlotteDolly Wells
GeorgeDavid Sibley
Chris, the postmanSam Alexander
Mr. WatkinsRichard Cunningham
Travel agentHannah Chalmers
Café waitressCamille Ucan
JakeRufus Wright

Credits

DirectorAndrew Haigh
ProducerTristan Goligher
Director of photographyLol Crawley
EditorJonathan Alberts
Production designerSarah Finlay
Sound designJoakim Sundström
CostumesSuzie Harman
MakeupNicole Stafford
Casting directorKahleen Crawford

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Andrew Haigh, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Haigh and producer Tristan Goligher
  • New documentary featuring interviews with Haigh, Goligher, actors Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, editor Jonathan Alberts, and director of photography Lol Crawley
  • New interview with David Constantine, author of the short story on which the film is based
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Ella Taylor

    New cover by Anthony Gerace

Film Essays

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45 Years: Fissures

By Ella Taylor March 07, 2017

With his unique blend of British realism and romantic fatalism, director Andrew Haigh exposes the quiet desperation at the heart of a long marriage. Read more »

Photo Galleries

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Chasing Ice: The 45 Years Photographs

By Anthony Gerace March 13, 2017

In late 2016, I was commissioned by the Criterion Collection to photograph the cover and interiors for the edition of Andrew Haigh’s masterful 45 Years. I’m a photographer and artist based in . . . Read more »


Video

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Key of Heartbreak: Charlotte Rampling at the Piano in 45 Years

March 10, 2017

Even love that seems built to last might rest on a fragile foundation, a painful truth borne out to subtly devastating effect in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years. In this delicately calibrated drama— . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Current_28908id_152_thumbnail

45 Years: Fissures

By Ella Taylor March 07, 2017

With his unique blend of British realism and romantic fatalism, director Andrew Haigh exposes the quiet desperation at the heart of a long marriage. Read more »

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