Interview: Tom Courtenay and Andrew Haigh on monogamy, religion, and 45 Years

December has inexorably become the month that everyone, including this website, waxes hyperbolic about their favorite movies of the year. With The Force Awakens, The Hateful Eight, Joy, The Revenant, and a dozen other larger affairs being released this winter, it’s likely that something like Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years—a tender, tactile drama—will get lost in the shuffle. Adapted from David Constantine’s short story, the movie is an honest examination of love in all its splendor and pain. In the week before their 45th anniversary, we’re presented with Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff (Tom Courtenay), whose nearly half-century-long relationship is put into question upon the discovery of a letter. It’s here that both the film and our conversation with Haigh and Courtenay begin. (Note: Haigh and Courtenay do discuss some of the film’s plot points.)

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