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  1. Thomas's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    Delicate and substantial romance. Expertly shot with an economy and precision which manages to retain all the warmth, charm and tension of the emotional drama. The globe-trotting locations, which perhaps aren't always necessary, actually gave an added visual splendour, I thought. David Lean at the top of his game.

  2. Rosina Rossini's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    I really wanted to like this, but there was nothing interesting about it at all. Already forgotten, except for the title.

  3. bejonsson's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    Lifted by the Leanian aesthetic, but it's hard to feel much or any sympathy at all for Mary in this movie.

  4. Andy H's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    An absolutely terrific film. Though H.G. Wells' story doesn't move with the economy and precision of Noel Coward's Brief Encounter, the film's companion-piece, David Lean is a more assured filmmaker, the cinematography gorgeous and the cast on peerless form. Lean lingers over faces, on scenery and dives into memories seamlessly tell this beautiful story that is mysteriously unknown. One of the great MUBI discoveries.

  5. captainfez's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

  6. FISCHER's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    C'est avec un brio certain et un subtil doigté romantique que David Lean nous raconte ce chassé-croisé affectif sur trois périodes différentes de la vie des deux personnages principaux, avec un sens parfait de la plasticité des décors et des situations et une remarquable finesse d'observation des sentiments et des caractères. www.cinefiches.com

  7. miles's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

  8. Thomas Dods's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    Romance in the classic style brilliantly directed and conceived by David Lean. This is not far behind a Brief Encounter in depicting the tradegy of forbidden love. Not sure how this film is not more well known.

  9. P Teddy Sawyer's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    simply grand ! A rare treat to see the magic of Claude Raines in a beautiful, quiet, delicate English film like this; thrupenny cups of tea and undergound stations in their finest hour juxtaposed with glamourous speedboats on Swiss lakes.

  10. Superfrog's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    The image is stunning, the background to the story not bad at all specially the behaviour of the husband being very believable, but hell I found the film impossible to get pulled into with its interruptions and its timeline.

  11. Sarah Pietsch's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    Great movie. Emotionally mature, great acting, stunning scenery.

  12. Raymond Likes Subtitles's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

  13. Tja's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    Ah, good to see Trevor -Brief Encounter-Howard is back on the job. Lean's atmospheric production raises the modest source material above the dull world of RP accents and stiff upper lip convention. Naughty TH gets it on with Jane-butter wouldn't melt-Todd, in his inimitable decorous manner. Lean lets the Swiss mountains convey the passion. Not a classic, but eminently watchable.

  14. gillesp's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    I had not seen this before. My loss! Beautiful filmed, and indeed, a posh version of the brief encounter kind with international location shots. The lighting and sets are gorgeous and convincing acting with a rip roaring finale speech by Claude Raines.

  15. Richmond Hill's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    Another of Lean's over embrodied postage stamps. Ravishing to the eye (especially in recent restoration prints) and splendidly performed, but it's reductive charms might have been better served as a studio-bound miniature without all the international rushing about to little effect other than travelogue gloss.

  16. Luis Pires's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    Not as good as Brief Encounter, in my opinion, but has some really good moments too.

  17. alice's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    Il confronto inevitabile è con "Breve incontro". Inutile dire che "Sogno d'amanti" ne esce perdente. Molto bella la scena nella quale il marito, non visto, soffre, oltre al proprio dolore, quello della moglie che, dal balcone, saluta l'amante sventolando un fazzoletto bianco.

  18. AKFilmFan's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    Similar to Brief Encounter with its visually dazzling direction of a standard love story. Claude Rains does fine work (as always) and the ending is pretty powerful.

  19. Acerk21's rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    I actually liked this one more than Brief Encounter simply because of Claude Rains....his performance in the last 10 minutes is really the highpoint of the film.

  20. Drew.'s rating of the film The Passionate Friends

    It's absolutely criminal that more people haven't seen this movie.