In wartorn London Maurice Bendrix falls in love with neighbor Sarah Miles. They begin an illicit romance behind Sarah’s husband’s back. While war does not last forever, neither does love in this existentialist tale.
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"...if everyone in the world knew there was nothing else but what we have here? No future rewards, compensations, punishments. Then we'd begin to make this world a real heaven." - Michael Goodliffe as atheist Richard Smythe
Deborah Kerr is very moving and the rest of the cast including Van Johnson (despite Grahame Greene's objections) rises to the occasion. A fine adaptation of the novel that stands up nicely to the beautiful modern version with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore. I would not be surprised if Moore modeled her performance after Kerr.