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45 Years

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Quietly powerful drama about marriage and memory.

Movie R 2015 113 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

A master class in facial reveals and discoveries

A film that is slow and determined. How can you spend 45 years with someone and realize that you do not really know them at all? Apparently, pretty easily. How does a relationship dissolve? How long does it take for one to change their mind about their lifetime commitments? This film explores that and Rampling is mesmerizing!!! Her face...the transitions on her face! Her body language...she is superb!! This film has a strong narrative, but the discovery on her face! She definitely makes this film a must-see.

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If still waters run deep, then 45 YEARS -- a searing and powerful drama -- has fathoms beneath it. A seemingly stable relationship shifts techtonically, but the audience isn't clubbed over the head with this revolution. Instead, like lobsters sitting in increasingly boiling water, we feel the heat slowly, sometimes imperceptibly, but definitely permanently. Kudos to director Andrew Haigh, who allows the camera to capture the small but significant moments that tell the story of doubt creeping into an otherwise solid marriage. But, truly, it's stars Courtenay and Rampling who make the movie the tour de force that it is.

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