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Brief-Encounter
Brief-Encounter

Brief Encounter

1945
Romance, Drama
1h 26m
Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband. (imdb)
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77th
80
This was like Basic Instinct in the 40s
Rated
74th
4
Laura's settled moral compass and dutiful routine is the backbone of the British housewife. To stray from the path is the crisis of middle class existence. The melodrama seems quaint by some standards, but credit is due to its feminine representation; that it would even begin to describe with any dimension the depths of a woman's inner monologue, and render it with such sweet empathy, is remarkable. Marvelous performances and illustrative use of the transient spaces of a train station.
Rated
96th
90
Brief Encounter is one of the classics of British cinema and is something which shouldn't be missed, even solely as a window into a forgone era of production. Blending a subtle mix of poignancy and careful direction, it provides an involving viewing experience. Backed up by some great moments of background music, great cinematography and a stellar cast, there really is very little that you can dislike about this film. Effectively, Lean captures this era of early romatic dramas.
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92nd
86
Probably the most perfect ending to any film I have ever seen.
Rated
54th
75
Not as fond of this as I used to be. The film's oppressive stodginess works for and against it. It's lovely to see a romance handled with such delicacy and restraint. On the other hand, it's awfully difficult to see what they're so worked up about. Their stolid, British ultra-repression makes for interesting cultural subtext but damn poor cinematic fireworks. The counterpoint flirtation provided by Holloway and Carey is far more appealing. Still, it's a beautiful movie with some hidden depths.
Avg Percentile 73.83% from 1574 total ratings
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