45 Years is a film I downloaded not that long ago. I was browsing highly rated films on Metacritic and thought it sounded interesting. It’s about a couple who have been married 45 years and how their relationship is affected by the discovery of the body of the man’s first love. Not in a murder mystery way – he didn’t kill her or anything – it just explores that fear of ‘what if the person I’ve spent most of my life with would rather have been with someone else? What if I was always second best?’ It’s an awful thought and feeling and really well expressed in the film. Charlotte Rampling’s great in it. However, I found myself wanting more from it. I feel like I could have just read the synopsis of the film and imagined for myself what that kind of relationship would be like. I didn’t feel like the film itself gave me anything extra, other than maybe the believably awkward sex scene, which was uncomfortably well done.
Here are my notes made whilst watching it:
- The Tollund Man! School flashbacks.
- Is this set prior to Google Translate?
- I like photos and their memory evoking quality
- Those have got to be the least sexy pants ever
- She’s meant to be her friend?
- Attics are creepy
- Slideshows in the attic. That’d be a good indie band name.
- Oh god. He kept that quiet.
- He took his ukulele to the party?
- I can’t judge what that emotion is at the end – I guess intentionally