45 Years

45 Years

Blu-ray Disc - 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: [Toronto] :, Mongrel Media,, [2016]
Branch Call Number: BLU-RAY FICTION FOU
Characteristics: video file,Blu-Ray,rda
digital,optical,rda
1 Blu-ray (95 min.)
Alternative Title: Forty five years

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miaone
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.

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sjm101
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.

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firefly5
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.

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JeanieG
Mar 02, 2017

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

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niceguy44
Feb 11, 2017

Agony to watch, after I got the drift of just how wrapped up in the past this husband had been. It would have been more pleasant to have it be her carrying the torch, but instead she was so gentle, so supportive, so tough... and then as the gradual understanding that nothing had changed for him, that she was competing with a "perfect" lover, her life ends on the dance floor with one of my favorite songs of the 50's (past tense, I will have to not think of this movie when I hear it in the future). Kudos for the wonderful development of the story line, the subtle changes in her relationships with her friends and Charlotte Rampling's marvelous acting.

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jonnybroom
Jan 26, 2017

As a couple prepares for their 45th anniversary, the past reasserts itself and needs attention. This is not a film about elderly people as much as it's about the meaning and staying power of things that happen when you're young. Exquisite and devastating.

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sertaoprincess
Jan 05, 2017

do we see just want we want to see in him/her, overlooking other aspects? do we focus just on the good or bad? when one partner suddenly makes changes that the other wishes for, are those changes accepted/believed? can people in a long-term relationship grow & be there for one another. this is a great movie about relationships, especially long-term ones.

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breemu
Dec 30, 2016

Oh, the burn. What was presented as a brief and relatively unimportant romantic relationship in a distant, youthful past - barely mustering mention - turns out to have been so much more as a wife of 45 years discovers just how deeply captured the heart of her denying husband was - and still is.

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Cas22
Dec 07, 2016

As previous reviews have indicated, this is not a movie for everyone. Yes, it is slow but it is also quite profound and insightful. The dilemma is simple: a woman discovers that her husband of 45 years has never quite stopped loving his girlfriend from 50 years ago who died suddenly in a tragic accident. Although the husband vigorously professes his love for his wife, the revelation creates a chasm in the relationship that the viewer suspects can never quite be breached. Charlotte Rampling's performance as the wife is superb.

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LJReid
Dec 05, 2016

This movie is slow paced and I was ready to shut it off. However, I’m glad I kept with it because the movie sneaks up on you and gives you much to think about when it’s over. At times I thought Kate should just allow Geoff to grieve and not confront him but there are innuendos that are revealed later that made me realize ok now I understand. Loved the ending of Geoff’s affirmation of his love for Kate. I could relate to Kate. The movie reveals a lot about men and women in relationships.

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jimg2000
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.
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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.

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jimg2000
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.
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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.
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You know what Geoff's like. He gets over-passionate about things.
--I suppose that's why you fell in love with him.
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... 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.

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jimg2000
Jul 31, 2016

What are you reading?
--Kierkegaard.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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