in about 100 words or less
UK 86m, B&W
Director: David Lean; Cast: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey, Cyril Raymond, Everley Gregg, Margaret Barton
Brief Encounter is an unconventional love story that focuses on the emotional trials of infidelity in which a “happily” married woman confesses her affair to the viewer through a series of flashbacks. Though rather mundane by today’s standards, the unconsummated affair was undoubtedly controversial in the mid 1940s. The film is also notable for its cinematography, particularly the scenes in the train station, where the film’s atmosphere and mood are set (Klaus Ming March 2014).