Brief Encounter
Noel Coward and David Lean, 1945

#3 (chronologically) in Mike D'Angelo's list of twelve films to which he would give a score of 100 out of 100.

A married middle-aged woman meets a married middle-aged man and they almost have an affair.

Reaction, almost none. It's a very small movie, derived from a one-act play, and, y'know, it is what it is. It presents the situation — settled woman falls in unreasoning love with a man she's just met, feels that this is both morally wrong and embarrassingly silly, can't help herself but wishes she could — and lets you watch her face for 85 minutes. If this sounds like something you'd like then maybe you'd like it. Apparently Mike D'Angelo did.

Sadly, what I will probably remember about this movie is that everyone in it sounds like John Cleese in the dead parrot sketch. I hadn't realized that that was a real accent.

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