Andrew Haigh

45 Years

45 Years

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.

Film Info

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

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

Purchase Options

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

45 Years
Cast
Charlotte Rampling
Kate Mercer
Tom Courtenay
Geoff Mercer
Geraldine James
Lena
Dolly Wells
Charlotte
David Sibley
George
Sam Alexander
Chris, the postman
Richard Cunningham
Mr. Watkins
Hannah Chalmers
Travel agent
Camille Ucan
Café waitress
Rufus Wright
Jake
Credits
Director
Andrew Haigh
Producer
Tristan Goligher
Director of photography
Lol Crawley
Editor
Jonathan Alberts
Production designer
Sarah Finlay
Sound design
Joakim Sundström
Costumes
Suzie Harman
Makeup
Nicole Stafford
Casting director
Kahleen Crawford

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