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925 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.

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45 Years Directed by Andrew Haigh

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

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

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

What are people saying?

  • Ethan's rating of the film 45 Years

    This is a very intimate and honest portrayal of a couple who are not without their problems but try to make the most of each other even if it is painful to do so. The acting is superb here and Andrew Haigh continues to prove that he can perfectly craft films about complex relationships and have the emotions drip off the screen in every frame.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film 45 Years

    If a single weekend can be the high-water mark of a life, and we're comfortable with mixed metaphors, then 45 years can be its postscript. What's more, an hour and a half may be all the time we need to be reminded of it--to truly feel the stark relativity of it--as long as those ninety minutes are spent watching Andrew Haigh's quietly brutal gut-punch of a film. Slender but insidious, and I could use a cigarette.

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film 45 Years

    On one hand, a tenderly acted play-for-the-day about ageing middle Englanders suddenly facing a crisis of trust. On the other hand, I really enjoy the - admittedly remote - possibility that there's a more melodramatic undercurrent: he is a child-hating murderer whose victim haunts them (the perfume, the closing door, the ghostly billowing projector screen etc.) Unlikely, but it makes a fun rewatch with that in mind.

  • Ana Sousa's rating of the film 45 Years

    Had me sobbing from beginning to end. Rampling is utterly marvellous, but why does no one mention Tom Courtenay? Breathtaking. Sorrow, despair, loss, love and (our most untranslatable word) "saudade", portrayed in such a meaningful, honest way. Depicts a lifelong relationship shaken by memories of a lost love. It's as emotionally wearing and relatable as I expected, even without having a 45-year marriage.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film 45 Years

    Admirably quiet and meditative, but my God does it need some life and charisma injected into it. Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling bring very stilted personalities to the table here, with little bringing them together/making us believe they're a couple. In addition, there's that disconnect present where all the conversations are whispered and the characters don't begin to show emotion until we have moved on.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film 45 Years

    Sometimes you don't need an intricate plot, just a compelling setup, and two actors good enough to pull it off and dredge up all the little nuances, ambiguities, and paradoxes. Rampling is brilliant, and the film evokes a relationship where it's hard to draw a clear line between true feeling and performance, even after years of marriage. It's a method dozens of festival films fuck up every year. This one does great.

  • Chichago_'s rating of the film 45 Years

    It's nice to see a film that portrays the relationship of an older couple like this. I like how Geoff tells the story of Katya in words instead of using visuals. It let me –as an audience– recreate the scene in my mind just like how Kate listens to the story as a person who have never met Katya before.

  • Jason's rating of the film 45 Years

    I understand the Tom Courtney character deeply, but only understand the Rampling character theoretically (odd: I relate curiously to women on screen pretty regularly for a heterosexual man). There is something dubious about this particular movie having been adapted by a man from a story by a man. I will say, however, that time itself is one of the main characters here in a way that is deeply personally rewarding.