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David Lean

Brief Encounter

86' - 1945 - Drama, Romance - Dialogue: French, English
Director: David Lean With: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway
A touching and realistic film that deals with ordinary people in love, Brief Encounter is one of those poetically beautiful films that tells a simple story that could be that of any viewer. Alec Harvey is a doctor and Laura Jesson a housewife, both happily married, who meet by chance in a railroad way station when he removes a cinder from her eye. They talk for a few minutes, find they have much in common, but then quickly separate to catch different trains. Each Thursday, Alec and Laura find themselves looking for each other at the little tea shop in the station; this is her day to see a film and go shopping and his to perform one-day duties in a hospital other than the one to which he is regularly assigned. At each meeting they grow closer together.

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David Lean


Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway


David Lean, Noël Coward, Anthony Havelock-Allan

More information


French, English

Countries of production

United Kingdom

Screenplay based on

'Still Life' van Noel Coward



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