Noel Coward’s sensitive portrayal of what happens when two happily married strangers, played by Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson, meet and their acquaintance deepens into affection and eventually into love. It is the story of two people, thrown together by the chance meeting of the title, helpless in the face of their emotions but redeemed by their moral courage. Over the years few films have equalled the compassion and the realism of Brief Encounter.
What a delight! I really didn't expect to laugh so much - all the 'working class' characters had razor-sharp humour through their dialogue. The lead parts highlighted the innocence of the age, the passion was a simmering undercurrent.. Even so I found there was a realism which is often lacking in modern cinema - for example the actors' teeth were as nature intended, not white and straight! As a snapshot of the constraints of middle-class post-war life, I found it fascinating.