‘45 Years’ is a superb, restrained drama of the highest order
Not every independent film has what it takes to open successfully against the major studio behemoths that crowd the movie calendar during the closing weeks of December, but “45 Years” did it and made it look easy.
Written and directed by British filmmaker Andrew Haigh, “45 Years” is a quietly explosive movie, a potent drama with a nuanced feel for subtlety and emotional complications. Starring accomplished British veterans Charlotte Rampling (in the role of her career) and Tom Courtenay, it’s a master class in understated acting that explores what happens to a long-term marriage when a disturbance in the field shifts the ground under everyone’s feet.
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