09 July 2010
Brief Encounter (1945)
It's awfully easy to lie when you know that you're trusted implicitly.
So basically: Laura and Alec are both "happily" married people, but when they meet randomly at a crowded restaurant and sit together, they fall deeply in love with each other. The next four weeks chronicles their relationship as told by Laura's perspective, with her fears and doubts added as voice-overs.
Before I continue on, I must proclaim my love for David Lean's directing. He's absolutely brilliant. And he doesn't fall short of expectation in this film; it is shot beautifully. However, the story is somewhat dull and the characters are predictable. Not once did I wonder what was going to happen to these two lovers nor care if they got caught - which I suspect I should be as Laura was so terrified of that very thing. The monologues, too, were generally unnecessary. I don't mind voice-overs, but she was telling the audience what was going on as it was going on. Show don't tell, doesn't anyone on that set know that? Like, literally, she was describing the scenery or how something looked while we were looking at it. It's a picture. We can see it clearly for ourselves, thank you very much.
It's not really worth your time and certainly doesn't deserve to be on the list. Especially over some of the others ones that I've just seen.
Ziggi seal of disapproval!