|45 YEARS (director/writer: Andrew Haigh; screenwriter: based on the story “In Another Country” by David Constantine; cinematographer: Lol Crawley; editor: Jonathan Alberts; 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 ); Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Tristan Goligher; Artificial Eye; 2015-UK)|
but quiet drama."
by Dennis Schwartz
Andrew Haigh ("Greek
helms this classy, subdued, art-house Brit indie
drama. It's set in the flat English countryside and
tells about a long-time marriage suddenly in crisis.
It's based on the 2005 short story
“In Another Country” by David
(Charlotte Rampling, 68-year-old) and Geoff Mercer
(Tom Courtenay, 77-year-old) are a retired childless
Brit couple living in scenic rural Norfolk, who in one
week will celebrate their 45th wedding
anniversary. During this time period the genial
Geoff is notified by mail that the Swiss authorities
have discovered the body of his former German
girlfriend Katya preserved in a Swiss glacier,
who 50 years age fell to her death while hiking in the
mountains. Kate is at first supportive of the agitated
Geoff's plan to visit the site, but a series of
revelations, like the wealthy Katya was actually
engaged to Geoff and listed him as her next of kin,
gives her pause. The startling news brings about a
number of life-changing sequences for the long-time
couple, including making Kate jealous of the former
flame and bringing up the resentment she always had
for her insensitive hubby that remained dormant until
The result is a provocative but quiet drama, well-acted, and filled with subtle touches that are so potent that they can impinge on what seemed like a successful marriage.
REVIEWED ON 11/27/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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