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45 Years
45 Years (poster).jpg
Film poster
Directed byAndrew Haigh
Produced byTristan Goligher
Screenplay byAndrew Haigh
Based onIn Another Country
by David Constantine
CinematographyLol Crawley
Edited byJonathan Alberts
The Bureau
Distributed byArtificial Eye
Release dates
  • 6 February 2015 (Berlin)
  • 28 August 2015 (UK)
Running time
95 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$16.9 million[2]

45 Years is a 2015 British romantic drama film directed and written by Andrew Haigh.

The film is based on the short story In Another Country by David Constantine.

The film was screened in the main competition section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.[4]

Charlotte Rampling won the Silver Bear for Best Actress and Tom Courtenay won the Silver Bear for Best Actor.[5]

At the 88th Academy Awards, Rampling received a nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role.[6]
It was selected to be screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and also screened at the 2015 Telluride Festival.[7]

It was released in the United Kingdom on 28 August 2015.

The film was released in the United States by Sundance Selects on 23 December 2015.[8]


The film takes place across six days, marked by intertitles.
Five years after retirees Kate and Geoff Mercer had to cancel their 40th wedding anniversary because of his heart bypass surgery, the comfortably-off, childless, Norfolk couple are now planning to celebrate their 45th anniversary with dozens of friends at the Assembly House in Norwich.

A week before the party, Geoff receives a letter from Switzerland telling him that the body of Katya, his lover in the early 1960s, has become visible in a melting glacier where she fell into a crevasse on their hike with a German guide over five decades ago.

Memories rush back to him and he realizes he has forgotten much of what little German he used to know and that he would need a dictionary to fully understand all that the letter says.
Kate has known about Katya since the time Geoff and Kate met later in the 1960s and is initially unconcerned by Geoff's controlled disquiet.

"I can hardly be cross about something that happened before we even existed..." she says, but after a pause adds "Still...".
The next day Kate helps Geoff find his old German-English dictionary.

Soon, Geoff's conduct begins to show that there is more on his mind than he says.

Among other things, he tries to keep from Kate that he is beginning to taking steps to fly to Switzerland without her to see Katya's body, which he imagines preserved in the now-transparent ice.

Prodded by Kate, Geoff talks about his relationship with Katya and thoughts evoked by the discovery of her body.

He tells Kate that he and Katya had pretended to be married in order to be able to share a room in the more puritanical early 1960s.

Because of this, the Swiss authorities consider him to be Katya's next of kin.

Kate is troubled by the revelation.
As the days pass and preparations for the party continue, Geoff continues to be moody and takes up smoking, which both had given up in the past.

One night, Geoff climbs into the attic to look at his memorabilia of Katya and only reluctantly shows Kate a picture of Katya when she insists.

Kate starts to ponder all of her life with Geoff, even begins "to smell Katya's perfume" in every room.
While Geoff is attending a reunion luncheon at the plant from which he retired, Kate, neglecting their dog's jittery barking at the ladder, climbs up into the attic to see what things her husband may be keeping there.

She finds Geoff's scrapbook filled with memorabilia from his life with Katya, including pressed flowers from their last hike.

And then she finds a carousel slide projector, loaded with images of Switzerland and Katya, next to a makeshift screen to view them.

One slide shows Katya with her hand on top of her protruding abdomen, indicating Katya was pregnant at the time of her death.
Kate takes up smoking again, too, and confronts Geoff, "I think I was enough for you, I'm just not sure you do," about his feelings for Katya without revealing what she saw in the attic.

Geoff promises that their marriage will "start again," which he begins by bringing her tea to bed and making breakfast for her the next morning.
They attend their anniversary party in the historical Grand Hall. Kate is constrained, distracted, and remains impassive during Geoff's speech in which he professes his love for Kate, while saying "the choices we make in our youth are most important" and bringing himself to tears, just as Kate's friend Lena has predicted men always do at weddings and anniversaries.

Geoff and Kate dance, but she moves rigidly in his embrace.

As the dance ends, Geoff raises their hands together in the air.

Kate yanks her arm down after a few seconds, and the final close-up isolates her amid the crush of people on the dance floor and a multitude of emotions play across her face.

This final scene has been likened to that in The Long Good Friday.[9]



The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 96% approval rating with an average rating of 8.7/10, based on 137 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "45 Years offers richly thought-provoking rewards for fans of adult cinema – and a mesmerizing acting showcase for leads Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay."[10] On Metacritic, it has a score of 94 out of 100 based on 36 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim."[11]


Award / Film FestivalCategoryRecipients and nomineesResult
Academy Awards[6]Best ActressCharlotte RamplingPending
Berlin International Film Festival[5]Best ActorTom CourtenayWon
Best ActressCharlotte RamplingWon
Golden BearAndrew HaighNominated
British Academy Film Awards[12]Outstanding British Film45 YearsNominated
British Independent Film Awards[13]Best British Independent Film45 YearsNominated
Best DirectorAndrew HaighNominated
Best ActressCharlotte RamplingNominated
Best ActorTom CourtenayNominated
Best ScreenplayAndrew HaighNominated
Producer of the YearTristan GoligherNominated
Boston Society of Film Critics[14]Best ActressCharlotte RamplingWon
Chicago Film Critics Association[15]Best ActressCharlotte RamplingNominated
Critics' Choice Awards[16]Best ActressCharlotte RamplingNominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association[17]Best ActressCharlotte Rampling4th place
Dorian Awards[18]Performance Of The Year — ActressCharlotte RamplingNominated
Dublin Film Critics' Circle[19]Best ActorTom Courtenay4th place
Edinburgh International Film Festival[20]Best Performance in a British Feature FilmCharlotte RamplingWon
Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature FilmAndrew HaighWon
Empire Awards[21]Best British Film45 YearsPending
European Film Awards[22]Best European ActorTom CourtenayNominated
Best European ActressCharlotte RamplingWon
Best European ScreenwriterAndrew HaighNominated
Evening Standard British Film Awards[23][24]Best Film45 YearsNominated
Best ActorTom CourtenayNominated
Best ActressCharlotte RamplingNominated
Editor's Award45 YearsWon
Florida Film Critics Circle[25]Best ActressCharlotte RamplingRunner-up
Indiewire Critics Poll[26]Best Lead ActressCharlotte RamplingWon
Best Lead ActorTom Courtenay5th place
London Film Critics' Circle[27]Film of the Year45 YearsNominated
British / Irish Film of the Year45 YearsWon
Director of the YearAndrew HaighNominated
Actress of the YearCharlotte RamplingWon
Actor of the YearTom CourtenayWon
British / Irish Actress of the YearCharlotte RamplingNominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association[28]Best ActressCharlotte RamplingWon
National Board of Review[29]Top Ten Independent Films45 YearsWon
National Society of Film Critics[30]Best ActressCharlotte RamplingWon
New York Film Critics Online[31]Top 10 Films45 YearsWon
Online Film Critics Society[32]Best ActressCharlotte RamplingNominated
San Diego Film Critics Society[33]Best ActressCharlotte RamplingNominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle[34]Best ActressCharlotte RamplingNominated
Best Adapted ScreenplayAndrew HaighNominated
Valladolid Film Festival[35]Best ActressCharlotte RamplingWon


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  2. Jump up^ "45 Years (2015)"Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  3. Jump up^ Gant, Charles (6 February 2015). "Berlin Film Review: ‘45 Years’"Variety. Retrieved 30 July2015.
  4. Jump up^ "Berlinale 2015: Malick, Dresen, Greenaway and German in Competition"Berlinale. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  5. Jump up to:a b "Prizes of the International Jury". Berlinale. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  6. Jump up to:a b "Oscar Nominations: The Complete List"The Hollywood Reporter. 14 January 2016.
  7. Jump up^ "Sandra Bullock’s ‘Our Brand Is Crisis,’ Robert Redford’s ‘Truth’ to Premiere at Toronto".Variety. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  8. Jump up^ "45 Years"IFC Films. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
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  11. Jump up^ "45 Years"Metacritic. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  12. Jump up^ "Baftas 2016: full list of nominations"The Guardian. 8 January 2016.
  13. Jump up^ "The Lobster on a roll with seven British independent film awards nominations"The Guardian. 3 November 2015.
  14. Jump up^ "‘Spotlight’ Named Best Film of 2015 by Boston Society of Film Critics"Variety. 6 December 2015.
  15. Jump up^ ""Mad Max: Fury Road" Leads The Race For 2015 CFCA Awards"Chicago Film Critics Association. 14 December 2015.
  16. Jump up^ "Critics' Choice Awards Mad For 'Max' But Produces Few Shockers In First Combined Nominations For TV & Film"Deadline. 14 December 2015.
  17. Jump up^ "Dallas-fort Worth Film Critics Name “Spotlight” Best Picture Of 2015"Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association. 14 December 2015.
  18. Jump up^ "'Carol' Earns Multiple Mentions as Dorian Award Nominees Are Unveiled"The Hollywood Reporter. 12 January 2016.
  19. Jump up^ "2015 Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards Announced"entertainment.ie. 22 December 2015.
  20. Jump up^ "45 Years scoops Edinburgh film festival's top award"The Guardian.
  21. Jump up^ "Empire Awards nominations 2016: Mad Max and Star Wars lead the pack as Leonardo DiCaprio nominated for Best Actor"London Evening Standard. 18 February 2016.
  22. Jump up^ "‘Youth,’ ‘The Lobster’ Lead European Film Award Nominations"Variety. 7 November 2015.
  23. Jump up^ "Evening Standard British Film Awards: The longlist"London Evening Standard. 22 December 2015.
  24. Jump up^ "Evening Standard British Film Awards 2016: Idris Elba and Dame Maggie Smith lead list of winners"London Evening Standard. 7 February 2016.
  25. Jump up^ "‘Carol’ leads 2015 Florida Film Critics Awards Nominations"Florida Film Critics Circle. 21 December 2015.
  26. Jump up^ "Indiewire 2015 Year-End Critics Poll"Indiewire.
  27. Jump up^ "‘Carol,’ ’45 Years’ and Tom Hardy Lead London Critics’ Nominations"Variety. 15 December 2015.
  28. Jump up^ "LAFCA awards best picture prize to 'Spotlight'"Screendaily. 6 December 2015.
  29. Jump up^ "'Mad Max: Fury Road' Named Best Film By National Board Of Review; 'The Martian' Grabs Three Awards"Deadline.
  30. Jump up^ "National Society of Film Critics Names 'Spotlight' Best Picture"The Hollywood Reporter. 3 January 2016.
  31. Jump up^ "New York Film Critics Online Name ‘Spotlight’ Best Film of the Year"Variety. 6 December 2015.
  32. Jump up^ "“Carol” and “Sicario” Lead the 19th OFCS Nominations"OFCS. 7 December 2015.
  33. Jump up^ "2015 San Diego Film Critics Society’s Award Nominations"San Diego Film Critics Society. 11 December 2015.
  34. Jump up^ "2015 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards"San Francisco Film Critics Circle. 13 December 2015.
  35. Jump up^ "Rams’ humanism wins over the jury at Valladolid"Cineuropa.

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