Several years after graduation, best friends Barbara and Leonora reconnect as if not a day has gone by. But Leonora could do without Barbara’s husband, Christian, whom she finds arrogant and off-putting… at first.
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A modest exercise in restraint and stoicism in the face of largely buttoned-up emotions. Most of the psychological ramifications are muted, but the playing of Johnson and Leighton remains crisp and nuanced. It lacks the focused charge of the earlier Brief Encounter, but is a decent enough nugget that avoids histrionics and ends on a pleasingly dour and tragic finale.
Not exactly Coward's best play (and I've never terribly enjoyed his acting either), but worth a watch, as everything he wrote is. BRIEF ENCOUNTER is still his best. When will someone adapt PRIVATE LIVES in a halfway decent manner?