brief encounter

Based on a Noel Coward play, this 1945 classic, is the story of a suburban housewife who happens into passionate love in a railway station on one of her weekly trips to town for groceries. Celia Howard stars as Laura, a woman who is wracked by guilt as she remembers the unrequited passion she felt for a stranger all while her husband worries about her nerves. This film captures the subtlety of married love and contrasts it to the roller coaster of emotions brought on by an affair (or the mere thought of one) through glances, swelling Rachmaninoff, and the ever present motif of trains. [uk, 1945]