I went to Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) on Sunday, watching 45 Years, a British film about an old couple living on the country. 45 Years is one of ten European films screening on HIFF this year.
I’ll tell you shortly what the film is about:
As I mentioned, the film is about an old couple. There is only one week until their forty-fifth wedding anniversary when the husband gets a letter telling him that the body of his first love has been discovered frozen in the Alps. She got lost on their trip together several decades ago. After receiving the letter he can’t stop thinking of her, and you can notice that this affects his wife Kate.
To be honest, this was not my kind of film. Most parts of the film contain silent scenes of Kate wandering around sad and mindful. You see Kate thinking in the garden, Kate thinking in the kitchen, Kate and her husband sitting in the living room eating dinner. Throughout the film you see that the bond between her husband and his dead ex-girlfriend bother her even more and more. You’ll have to go watch the film if you want to find out how, or if, it affects their wedding anniversary. Is there a marriage left to celebrate?
I think the reason why I didn’t like it was because I’m not the target audience. Older people would most likely enjoyed the film, because I think it is a great film about life. But everything happened so slowly. I wanted to know right away how the anniversary would end up. The most exciting moment of the film was when Kate finds out her husbands ex-girlfriend was pregnant when she died. I felt more and more sorry for Kate during the film, because she does not talk about her feelings.
I remember this particular scene when the couple lay in their bed:
– If she didn’t die, would you have married her?
– I don’t think I can talk about her anymore.
And that is basically what the whole film is about.
For my grandmother, I would recommend this movie. It puts things in perspective. But it also feels like it lasts for 45 years.