45 Years is a British romantic drama about Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff Mercer (Tom Courtenay) who has been married 45 years. Due to Geoff’s bypass heart surgery on their 40th anniversary, they waited five years to celebrate on their 45th anniversary instead. Kate and Geoff are an average, somewhat boring couple as was the film. One day, Geoff received a letter from Switzerland informing him that his former girlfriend’s body, of some 50+ years ago, had been found. The letter was written in German which caused Geoff to turn to a German-English dictionary in order to interpret the contents of the letter. With Kate by his side, Geoff was able to find out that after all these years, Katya, was thawing out in the Crevasse where she had fallen back in the 1960s while they attempted to climb a mountain. Because they pretended to be husband and wife, Geoff was listed as her next of kin, which explains why he received a letter asking him to ID her body. Of course Kate had no problem with any of this because it all happened before she met him. Geoff imagined Katya would be well preserved because of the ice. From this point in the film, Geoff begins to make subtle changes that Kate notices right away. This movie ends up with a scene and an old song helping to provide a rather surprise ending. Even though 45 Years is very slow and definitely not for everyone, I liked the message it sent. You have to watch to the very end to learn the sad outcome of the film. Since it is now on DVD, it’s a nice way to pass the time.
[45 YEARS is nominated for Best Actress]