45 Years ★★★½


Felt a bit underwhelmed for most of the week, despite Rampling and Courtenay's excellence; the emotional beats are more or less exactly what I'd expect from this scenario, especially on her end. (Also, the slideshow's emotional power was kinda undermined for me by Haigh's decision to foreshadow it in the opening credits. Not sure why—maybe it felt like he'd identified his "money scene" and was congratulating himself in advance.) That final day, though, holy hell. Not sure Rampling needed to make her final gesture, which seems designed to ensure that absolutely everyone understands what's going on; Kate's disgust at Geoff's insincerity is evident long before that. But the way she grows more and more rigid as he struggles to revert to the fiction they'd jointly created truly chills the blood.