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1,676 Ratings

45 Years

Directed by Andrew Haigh
United Kingdom, 2015


There is just one week until Kate Mercer’s 45th wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps.

Our take

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay both won Silver Bears for their extraordinary, understated performances in this acclaimed marital drama from the director of Weekend. The atmospheric Norfolk Broads are a potent backdrop to this devastating portrait of a once-solid marriage plunged into crisis.

45 Years Directed by Andrew Haigh

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2015 | 2 wins including: Best Actress (Silver Berlin Bear)

2019 | Homage

Academy Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Village Voice Film Poll

2015 | Winner: Best Actress

2015 | Nominee: Best Actor

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2015 | Winner: Best Lead Actress

2015 | 2 nominations including: Best Lead Actor

A tour de force of subtlety and restraint.
February 25, 2016
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As a serious, sometimes severe woman who only gradually gains our sympathy, Rampling gives a remarkable performance. Her journey, which begins with a simple question, (“What does the letter say?”) leads, irrevocably, to the dilemmas that plagued our greatest philosophers.
February 03, 2016
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In the current climate of UK cinema, 45 Years is a striking anomaly, and a rigorously executed one.
December 17, 2015
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