Brief Encounter (1945)


be“Do you know, I believe we should all behave quite differently if we lived in a warm, sunny climate all the time. We shouldn’t be so withdrawn and shy and difficult.” – Laura Jesson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Dec 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A married woman, bored with her life has a chance encounter with a lonely married doctor and what starts off as friendship turns into a secret romance.

My Take on it –Up until last week, I had never heard of this movie and then I read that this movie inspired Billy Wilder to write his award winning movie The Apartment (1960) just from a short conversation between two characters.  That in and of itself intrigued me; the fact that a writer would see a short scene in a movie and create an idea for a full length movie just on that idea is amazing.

The inspirational scene was when the doctor tries to convince a friend to lend him his apartment for the night with his mistress.  Wilder wondered about the story of the friend which led to him writing an entire screenplay based on that short conversation.

This was one of director David Lean’s first movies and his first Best Director Oscar nomination of 7 total.  He would go on to winning two Best Director Oscars.  One for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and one for Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

This movie actually has a great premise, it tries to explain how an affair can begin when people are bored with their lifestyles and need a change of pace.  I’m not in any way condoning affairs, but I am saying that this movie shows how it can plausibly happen.

The problem here is the pacing, the movie moves very very slowly and even though it is dialogue driven, that doesn’t help keep us interested enough throughout.

Bottom Line – Somewhat interesting idea that moves so slowly that you just want something to happen and it doesn’t…

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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