With his powerful and moving new coming-of-age drama 'Lean on Pete' - now showing in cinemas and on demand - rediscover Andrew Haigh's elegant and masterly portrait of a marriage from 2015, '45 Years'.
Do we ever really know each other? That’s the question facing a couple who have shared the majority of their lives with each other yet are forced to accept that there is still so much to know.
Kate Mercer (Charlotte Rampling) is planning a party to celebrate her 45th wedding anniversary. One week before the celebration, however, a letter arrives for her husband, Geoff (Tom Courtenay), containing news that reawakens troubling and long-hidden memories. Though Kate continues to prepare for the anniversary, she becomes increasingly concerned by Geoff’s preoccupation with the letter and the ensuing revelations about his past. By the time the party comes round, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.
Featuring sensational performances by Berlin Best Actor and Actress prize-winners Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, '45 Years' is an intimate, moving and beautifully restrained portrait of a marriage shaken to its core by things left unspoken.
★★★★★ "A tragic masterpiece" - David Sexton, Evening Standard
★★★★★ "A powerhouse duet" - Tim Robey, The Telegraph
★★★★★ "Supremely intelligent and moving and Rampling and Courtenay are superb" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian