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Brief Encounter


Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey View All


Ronald Neame (Screenplay), David Lean (Screenplay), David Lean (Director), NoŽl Coward (Writer) View All

Release: Nov. 24th, 1945
Runtime: 1 hour, 26 minutes
Returning home from a shopping trip to a nearby town, bored suburban housewife Laura Jesson is thrown by happenstance into an acquaintance with virtuous doctor Alec Harvey. Their casual friendship soon develops during their weekly visits into something more emotionally fulfilling than either expected, and they must wrestle with the potential havoc their deepening relationship would have on their lives and the lives of those they love.
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The ending didn't work for me, so don't read this last part if you haven't seen the film: The ending didn't work for me...Laura, who's married to a nice man, but has an affair with a married doctor.
Being a film based on a play, it makes sense that Lean's filmmaking doesn't overemphasise visual imagery over acting and narrative, with just enough work involved to stop the film from looking stiff and lifeless.