45 YearsDVD - 2017
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2015
Based on the short story by David Constantine
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I was going to get you a watch. I was thinking of having it engraved, but I wasn't sure what to write.
--I like not knowing the time.
As, um, as we get older, we seem to stop, er, making choices. Big ones, anyway. Perhaps we only get so many, er, in a lifetime, and once we've used them up, they're gone. Or maybe our brains, they just get a bit, er, old and arthritic, like, er... like George's knee. ... Er, whatever. The upshot is that the choices we make when we're young are pretty bloody important. Er, like the choice, er, Kate and me made 45 years ago... today.
If it's some twist of evolution that needs men to be obsessed by their obituaries, their legacies, then maybe it's ours to nudge them into realizing what's really important before they kill themselves, you know, with the disappointment.
You used to say that everybody taking pictures all the time stopped anyone having any fun.
-Sounds like something I'd say.
You know what Geoff's like. He gets over-passionate about things.
--I suppose that's why you fell in love with him.
... But, at the same time, we weren't heedless at all. How can you be when, when you know what your purpose is? When every day seems to have some point to it. Finding somewhere to stay, finding food. And the days we didn't go anywhere, they seemed just as purposeful as when we set out in complete seriousness at four in the fucking morning. I think, um... I think that's the worst part of getting decrepit, losing that... purposefulness.
What are you reading?
Gracious, are you having a go at that again? You know, you have three editions of that book, and I don't think you've got past chapter two in any of them.
Well, we didn't know each other then, you and I, but we were both going through something really unpleasant, and... and yet we never talked about it in all the years that we've known each other.
I was her next of kin. I'm sure I told you this before, Kate.
--I think I would remember my husbandbeing another woman's next of kin.
You really believe you haven't been enough for me?
--No. I think I was enough for you, I'm just not sure you do.
You used to love your bird watching.
--I did, yes.
It's funny how you forget the things in life that make you happy.
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