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45 Years | 2016 | R | - 5.1.5

A couple (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) is getting ready to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary when they are shocked by news from their past and their relationship is shaken to its core. Also with Geraldine James, Dolly Wells and David Sibley. Directed by Andrew Haigh. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A husband and his wife lie in bed together and he thrusts on top of her briefly as they kiss (we see their bare shoulders).
 A woman wears a T-shirt in a few scenes that reveals the outline of her nipples through the fabric. A husband is shown wearing jockey shorts and his bare chest and abdomen and legs are seen; he gets into bed with his wife, asks her for a "cuddle" and she lays across his chest. A wife kisses her husband on the forehead. A husband and his wife lie in bed together and they hold hands. A husband and his wife dance and hug.
 A husband tells his wife that he was another woman's next of kin because they told people they were married. A woman looks at a photograph of another woman and becomes upset. A woman makes a remark about a woman wearing a makeup for a party and that she would not look like a hooker. A wife talks to her husband about "...knowing that I haven't been enough for you."

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VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A husband and his wife argue briefly.
 A man talks about hearing a woman's scream and then discovering that she had fallen through a mountain fissure to her death. We hear that a woman's body has been found in ice in the Alps. A woman talks about her mother having died. We hear that a man had been ill and was unable to celebrate his 40th wedding anniversary (we understand that he had bi-pass surgery). A woman looks at slides of a woman that her husband had a relationship with and becomes upset. A woman talks about a man hammering a nail into his hand. A woman talks about a man becoming aggressive while talking about politics and that he called her a fascist. A man talks about another man having been a communist and is angry.
 A man is shown bent over on the side of the road and it is presumed that he is vomiting (we do not see or hear anything); he seemed drunk moments earlier. A wife bandages her husband's hand after he injures it while trying to repair the toilet.

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LANGUAGE 5 - About 7 F-words, 1 scatological term, anatomical terms (a man says that the toilet needs a new ball cock), 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (racist, swarthy, fascist, decrepit), 3 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Christ).

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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman takes a pill (we do not see what it is). A man drinks wine with dinner, people drink champagne at a party, a man seems drunk after a lunch with colleagues (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), and a woman makes a remark about a man's "daytime drinking." A husband tells his wife that he is going to have a smoke and we see him smoking outside their home, a wife tells her husband that she doesn't want them to start smoking again, a man smokes a cigarette on a bench in a town square, a woman smokes a cigarette outside her home, a man smokes in a car, and a wife tells her husband that he was so cool "...with that cigarette hanging out of your mouth."

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Secrets from one's past, bi-pass surgery, marriage, doubt, jealousy, aging, traditions, death of loved ones, climate change, roles of men and women, children, childless couples, memories, purposefulness, theoretical questions, idealism.
MESSAGE - Even after 45 years of marriage jealousy can encourage doubt about a relationship.
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