This week, BUFS is pleased to present 45 Years starring Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay and Geraldine James.
Director Andrew Haig’s, 45 Years, is a masterful romantic drama that captures the story of a forty-five year marriage and all the realities that go along with spending your life with someone. Haig brilliantly uses cinematography to portray the powerful, honest portrait of marriage in a way that encourages the audience to reflect on their own life as each scene unfolds.
The film opens with the married couple, Kate Mercer (Charlotte Rampling), and her husband, Geoff (Tom Courtenay), sharing moments of affection and intimacy while carrying on in their routine marriage as they prepare for a big milestone in their relationship, their 45th wedding anniversary. An anniversary that is a true testament to the love they have shared for one another over the past half-century. Shortly after the audience begins to be moved by their genuine love for one another, everything changes. Kate returns home to find the postman waiting with a letter addressed to Geoff. It is a letter from the Swiss authorities identifying that the body of Geoff’s great lost love, Katya, was found. Katya had plunged to her death in the mountains in 1962 and her body was found in a melting glacier. This shattering news turns their world and marriage upside down. At times, you wonder if they will even make it to their wedding anniversary party the following weekend. The audience is invited to observe the unfolding of each characters thoughts and feelings as they watch the tiniest bit of doubt shatter a lifetime of memories and dreams.
45 Years is a poignant drama that subtly points out the realities of marriage and how two people who have built a long life with one another can drift apart. Through its rich and complex characters, 45 Years’ powerful performances take it’s audience on a stunningly realistic journey of doubt, fear and reflection.
45 Years screens Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Landmark Theatres, Pen Centre. Visit www.brocku.ca/bufs for details.