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  • Amir Steklov

45 Years - (2015)

Director: Andrew Haigh.

Almost a perfect film.

45 Years is a sensitive yet interesting melodrama about growing old together while discovering disturbing secrets about each other from the past.

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay are acting perfectly, and make for a wonderful couple. I was especially sympathising with Tom's character.

There were a few strange cuts in editing I didn't understand. Maybe the performance was not consistent or the directing was not focused.

The image had an aggressive black lift curve, almost like a logarithmic curve. I did like the "greyness" it gives to the ugly and over-used Kodak 2383 LUT. The toe lift curve made the whole film feel dreamy and foggy, this esthetic choice was perfect for expressing the characters' state of emotions and late life journey.

Though I am not experienced with relationships nor with getting old, I was emotionally invested in the film.

Verdict: 4.5 / 5 ★ - Excellent.

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