Brief Encounter (1945)
Critic Consensus: Brief Encounter adds a small but valuable gem to the Lean filmography, depicting a doomed couple's illicit connection with affecting sensitivity and a pair of powerful performance.
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as Alec Harvey
as Laura Jesson
as Myrtle Bagot
as Fred Jesson
as Albert Godby
as Dolly Messiter
as Beryl Waters
as Stephen Lynn
as Mary Norton
as Mrs. Rolandson
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Critic Reviews for Brief Encounter
One of the most vivid, impassioned and painfully believable love stories ever committed to celluloid.
Sheer perfection-the gold standard of tragic romances whose influence can still be seen to this day.
Cyril Raymond manages to invest the stodgy character with a lovable quality.
Some films don't age well, and no doubt Brief Encounter had more of an emotional effect in the social climate of post-war Britain.
Audience Reviews for Brief Encounter
A delicate and tearful romance that offers a surprisingly honest look into extramarital love considering when it was made, my sole objection being intrusive scenes involving secondary characters which interfere sometimes with the focus and tone of the main plotline.
Boring. I just didn't care for the relationship or the characters. There's also no story, just multiple scenes of the romance developing (I guess you can call that the story, an uninteresting one at that. Only for romance fans). The movie's running time is less than 90 minutes, but trust me, it feels as if it's over two hours. It never goes anywhere interesting thus making it a dull film.
Two strangers meet in a train station waiting area, both happily married yet magnetically drawn to each other in spite of that. David Lean's adult question, set to Sergei Rachmaninoff's yearning 2nd Concerto, simply wonders what we may want once we have everything we want and has endured for its grown up (if dramatic) consideration of the same.
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