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45 Years

45 Years

DVD - 2016
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As Kate and Geoff prepare to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary, their marriage is shaken when unexpected news threatens to change their lives.
Publisher: Hollywood, California : Paramount Home Entertainment, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD FORTY-FIVE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
widescreen,24 fps
video file,DVD video,Region 1
Alternative Title: Forty-five years


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Feb 10, 2019

I was surprized at how powerful it was.

Feb 02, 2019

Tom Courtenay has followed a tortuous path from the height of "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" to the depths of 45 years. In this film it appears that Courtenay and Rampling were given a vague outline of a plot and were allowed to be (near) senile geezers (probably really true for Courtenay) and could blather to their heart's content. Supposedly, this movie was an adaptation of a 10 page short story - which means a wafer thin premise padded with a whole sack of nothings.

Dec 29, 2018

A boring movie that rambles.

Oct 31, 2018

Rated 3/10. Granted the actors did a fair job, but it couldn't overcome how boring and slow-moving this story was.

If you like long scenes with lots of dialogue, then you'll like this movie.

The ending was extremely anti-climatic. So what, it was 50 years ago! Tragic, yes; deceptive, no.

The DVD box write-ups highly inflate the quality of this movie. Gripping? I don't think so.

Looking at the other comments, opinions vary quite a bit. I think it's a low blow to criticise someone else's comments (and naming the writer!) after-the-fact, saying that they "slept through the best parts". How someone likes a movie can be very subjective. Each to their own, right?

LPL_TriciaK Apr 23, 2018

Searing drama that will prompt post-screening discussion and contemplation. Geoff (Tom Courtenay) has failed to fully explain to his wife of 45 years the full story of his first love. When a letter arrives that reveals the depth of that relationship and the dramatic events that led to its end, the fabric of their marriage starts to unravel. The timing of the revelation - just days before their fancy anniversary celebration - adds a level of suspense that drives the film forward. Charlotte Rampling is magnificent in her role as Kate, the wife whose world is turned upside down by the decades-long deception. Bonus: Based on a short story by David Constantine (book and story title: In Another Country) loosely based on a true tale.

Mar 14, 2018

I read the short story afterward, only about ten pages. They have expanded it, but it does not seem padded. The song choices were relevant, I'd expected to find them in the story, but they were not there. This is an age, if it were not ever so, when state of mind is brought into many things. Many laws for example require a certain state of mind to qualify the nature of the crime. That speaks to me as idealism in a world where we can only guess how well we know ourselves or others. How many people who have been traumatized grope their way through life trying some how to fit in? Yet they cling gamely on to life, their consolation prize.

Oct 02, 2017

It's hard to believe two people who stuck by each other through so many years would have been so strongly affected by the sudden discovery that one of then had a love affair BEFORE the two main characters met.
Of course people have things they never tell each other, for their own good reasons. Especially when the things happened before they met.
I found this to be an annoying film, and the two characters each a little creepy.

May 08, 2017

Initially, I was not sure I would stick with the entire movie, but I am glad I did. The acting was amazing and the story was very poignant.
If you have ever been in a relationship where you loved someone wholly and fully and without reservation and then discovered they have kept something from you.
I think Firefly missed some very key facts in the movie and must have been sleeping through the best parts.
Worth watching.

Apr 30, 2017

I stuck with this movie to the bitter end. I could not understand why the wife would be jealous of a relationship her husband had 50 years ago and 5 years before they got married. These two people were obviously in their 70's and as far as I am concerned the past is the past. They were together 45 years, and the other woman was dead the entire time. I could not see the point.

Mar 02, 2017

I enjoyed the story and the characters. A solid, entertaining well acted movie.

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Jul 31, 2016

I was going to get you a watch. I was thinking of having it engraved, but I wasn't sure what to write.
--I like not knowing the time.
As, um, as we get older, we seem to stop, er, making choices. Big ones, anyway. Perhaps we only get so many, er, in a lifetime, and once we've used them up, they're gone. Or maybe our brains, they just get a bit, er, old and arthritic, like, er... like George's knee. ... Er, whatever. The upshot is that the choices we make when we're young are pretty bloody important. Er, like the choice, er, Kate and me made 45 years ago... today.

Jul 31, 2016

If it's some twist of evolution that needs men to be obsessed by their obituaries, their legacies, then maybe it's ours to nudge them into realizing what's really important before they kill themselves, you know, with the disappointment.
You used to say that everybody taking pictures all the time stopped anyone having any fun.
--Did I?
You did.
-Sounds like something I'd say.
You know what Geoff's like. He gets over-passionate about things.
--I suppose that's why you fell in love with him.
... But, at the same time, we weren't heedless at all. How can you be when, when you know what your purpose is? When every day seems to have some point to it. Finding somewhere to stay, finding food. And the days we didn't go anywhere, they seemed just as purposeful as when we set out in complete seriousness at four in the fucking morning. I think, um... I think that's the worst part of getting decrepit, losing that... purposefulness.

Jul 31, 2016

What are you reading?
Gracious, are you having a go at that again? You know, you have three editions of that book, and I don't think you've got past chapter two in any of them.
Well, we didn't know each other then, you and I, but we were both going through something really unpleasant, and... and yet we never talked about it in all the years that we've known each other.
I was her next of kin. I'm sure I told you this before, Kate.
--I think I would remember my husbandbeing another woman's next of kin.
You really believe you haven't been enough for me?
--No. I think I was enough for you, I'm just not sure you do.
You used to love your bird watching.
--I did, yes.
It's funny how you forget the things in life that make you happy.


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