Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Brief Encounter (1945)

It's a chamber drama without the chamber, and it's really far more remarkable than that description makes it sound. Starts off awkward, but eventually this portrait of two people finding love when they're most unable to act upon it develops and deepens into something quite heartbreaking. Beautifully acted, too (David Lean's reputation with actors, from what I can see, is completely deserved). A small, intimate triumph. Odd, though, to see adultery cast in such a sympathetic light, considering the year this was made...

Grade: A-


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