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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #27. Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years

45 Years

Director: Andrew Haigh // Writers: David Constantine, Andrew Haigh

British director Andrew Haigh stormed South By Southwest in 2011 with his sophomore film Weekend, considered by many to be one of the most accurate and well told modern examples of what challenges and joys accompany the promise of a romantic connection between gay men (and went on to snag a spot in the Criterion collection). Since then, Haigh has directed seven episodes of the prolific HBO series “Looking.” His latest, 45 Years, concerns a heterosexual couple played by Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, about to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. A mysterious letter arrives announcing that the body of the husband’s first love has been found frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. We’re assuming that there’s more of a secret to be revealed and this sounds an awful lot like something we’d expect to see from Francois Ozon considering Haigh chose the inimitable Rampling.

Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Dolly Wells

Production Co.: The Bureau’s Tristan Goligher (Weekend)

U.S. Distributor: Rights available.

Release Date: The film is set to premiere in competition at the Berlin Film Festival.


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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