The woman proudly wears her years on her face, with each line representing a badge of marital courage. At times, she feels she has endured her 45 years with this man more than she has enjoyed the time. But her commitment remains strong. And, as she plans a party to celebrate a wedding anniversary, she steadies her life with the contentment she feels about the choices she made.
Charlotte Rampling’s performance in the insightful film 45 Years is something to behold. The actress inhabits the role with layers of precise understanding of how this woman interprets her husband’s moods, priorities and quirks. Rampling uses each glance, every reaction, to paint a portrait of a woman who, years later, wants to believe she has made her husband happy, just as she begins to fear that she may have only been a substitute for the real love of his life.