100 Word Review – Brief Encounter (1945)

“You know what’s happened, don’t you?… I’ve fallen in love with you.”

Based on the play by Noel Coward, and directed by David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge Over The River Kwai), this is a quintessentially British romantic drama, set during the Second World War.

Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson) meets Alec Harvey (Trevor Howard) in a railway station, and continues to meet him there week after week. Theirs would be a perfect romance, were they not married to other people.

This film is wonderful. Told in part through Laura’s inner dialogue, the end result is charming, repressed and beautiful.