OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: As Kate Mercer, Charlotte Rampling plays a woman whose plans for a party to celebrate her 45th wedding anniversary are disrupted by unsettling news.
In her over 50 years of experience, actress Charlotte Rampling (69) has never even been nominated for an Academy Award. Now, this year, she is recognized for the role that won her the Silver Bear for Best Actress at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. In “45 Years,” she plays a wife getting ready to celebrate her 45th wedding anniversary with her husband. But when her husband (played by Tom Courtenay) receives news that the body of the woman from his previous relationship of 50 years ago was finally found, it sends him into a contemplative tailspin that leaves their relationship facing true hardships. Charlotte as Kate Mercer is also truly contemplative, wearing her complicated emotions on her face. She brings an innocence and sternness to the role, balancing these emotions perfectly while offering some truly dynamic moments, which are all punctuated by the ending moments of the film. It’s nice that Rampling is finally being honored, in a film that I feel could have been easily passed off without her strong presence.
Who’s her competition? Despite being one of the actresses that was considered a lock for a nomination, Rampling unfortunately battles the young stars this year in Brie Larson (“Room”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) who deliver just as emotional, if not more so, performances as Rampling. Even Cate Blanchett holds a better chance of winning with her title role in “Carol.”
Previous nominations? This is the first Academy Award nomination for Charlotte Rampling.
// Produced by Tristan Goligher //Directed by Andrew Haigh //
// Dated Viewed: Saturday, January 30th, 2016 // LAEMMLE NOHO // 23 films – 30 days //