Brief Encounter (1945)

Director
David Lean

Main cast
Celia Johnson; Trevor Howard; Stanley Holloway; Joyce Carey; Cyril Raymond

Genres
Drama, Romance

Description
At a railway station cafe, housewife Laura Jesson meets doctor Alec Harvey. Both of them are already married, but they continue to meet at the cafe every Thursday despite the knowledge that their blossoming love is impossible.


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