45 Years (2015): An Explicit Relationship With Memories

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Director Haigh sets up an atmosphere and presents elusive symbols that give us the feeling of a haunted house drama. The hallway door gradually closes; Kate comments about ‘smelling Katya’s perfume around the house’; a hidden memory stays in the attic and possesses & breaks Kate’s placid mindset. These metaphorical Zen frames about ‘ghosts of the past’ (or ‘skeletons in the closet’) perfectly show how the aura of a long-dead person is creating turbulence in the minds of the couples.

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