45 Years

Synopsis: Kate and Geoff Mercer are planning to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary with dozens of friends. The event is to take place soon in the community hall of Norwich, the town near which they live. A week before the party, Geoff receives a letter which, although he tries to hide it, obviously troubles him. When his wife asks him what is going on, Geoff tells her that the body of Katya, his fist great love who disappeared fifty years before in the Alps, has just been found in a melting glacier. From then on, Geoff starts behaving more and more strangely and for the first time after so many years Kate asks herself who the man she married so long ago really is.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Andrew Haigh
Production: Sundance Selects
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 52 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min


Come on, Max.

- Morning, Mrs Mercer.

- Oh, Chris.

You're early this morning.

I've got the twins waking me up

at the crack of dawn.

Oh, my God, I completely forgot.

- Congratulations.

- Cheers.

- How are you both coping?

- It's a hell of a lot of work.

I don't doubt it a second.

But you'll be fine.

You were always a capable young man.

You must be getting excited.

- Saturday, isn't it?

- Don't remind me. So much work to do.

Yeah, it'll be fine.

- Good luck.

- Thank you.

And I'm really over the moon

for both of you.

- Thank you, Mrs Mercer.

- Kate. Call me Kate.

We're not at school any more.

Will do.

What do you think of that Platters song?

- The what?

- The Platters song.

What for?

First dance.

Or think it's a bit naff to have

the same song we had at our wedding?

No. Lovely song.

- I've always liked it.

- Yeah, I know.

Asked me how I knew

My true love was true

- What is it?

- A letter.

Yes, I know, but who from?

- It's in German.

- Yeah.

What's it say?

Well, I can't remember the verbs

as well as the nouns, but...

but I think it says they've found her.

Found who?

Well, her body, anyway.

God, who? Geoff.

T-They've found Katya.


Y-You know who I'm talking about,

don't you?

Of course.

Cos, I-I remember telling you,

clear as day.

Of course I remember.

I mean, it was a long time ago.

Yeah, I-I know I told you about my Katya.

She's been there over 50 years,

like something in the freezer.

Now they've found her.

L-Like that, er, Tollund Man

in the Swedish bog.

Well, Danish, actually.

- Hm?

- It was on the curriculum for years.

I taught it to the third-formers.

I'll make some more tea.

Yeah, I'm going to need a dictionary.

I-I don't know where to look.

Why don't you check in the plastic boxes?


Nothing but "do-it-yourself" books.


That's it.


Ah, thank you.

You see, what's happened is

the snow has completely melted.

All that's left is the ice.

A-And that's how they found her.

- What do you mean?

- Well, she's still there.

- In the ice?

- Yeah.

Way down, I'm sure, but the water

is very pure up there.

It must be, so they can see her.

- Well, haven't they taken her out?

- Not yet.

Why not?

Well, she's in a glacier

in the Swiss mountains, Kate.

It can't be that easy.

There are no roads up there.


So, how do they know it's her?

I mean, it might not be her at all.

Well, they've made an assumption, I

suppose, from where they found her.

Maybe they can tell

from what she's wearing.

From what she's wearing?

Oh, yeah, yeah, th-those, er,

airmen in... Iceland, I-I think it was,

they were perfectly preserved.

Oh, I don't remember that.

Yes. I saw a documentary on it.

They were the same as when they died

because of how quickly they froze.

And you think that's what's happened?

Well, I don't know, but you can imagine.

Not sure it works like that.

Not after all this time.

How strange would that be, though?

She'll look like she did in 1962.

And I look like this.

What is it?

Er, don't be cross, Kate.

I'm going to have a smoke.

- Are you all right?

- Fine.

Please eat this. And take your pills.

Th-They've asked

if I want to go to Switzerland.

Why would they ask that?

Well, to see the body.

- When?

- Soon, I suppose.

- You aren't thinking of going?

- Don't know.

All the way to Switzerland?

It's not that far.

There are flights from Stansted.

Yeah, but it's far enough.

- You don't think I should?

- Honestly?

Well, no.

I don't see the point.

- Plus we've got the party on Saturday.

- I wasn't thinking of going now.

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Andrew Haigh

Andrew Haigh (; born 7 March 1973) is an English film and television director, screenwriter and producer. more…

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