45 Years

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Old people are just as fascinating to watch as young, beautiful ones. You just need to know how to look--something this film does wonderfully (and to devastating emotional effect).

OK, so Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay might be more interesting to watch than your average elderly and long-married couple, but this is still a film that does more than merely tolerate its aging stars; it embraces them. A bit less subtle than its leads--at times, frustratingly so--it's a film that will be remembered for its performances rather than its message. (And of those two, it's actually Courtenay's that I will most remember, despite Rampling's publicity.)

The final images are heartbreaking, though I can't quite decide why. (Is it because she's right? Or because she's wrong?)