(Review originally written at 18 July 2009)

This movie handles a pretty delicate matter, at least for 1945 movie standards, when a middle aged married woman gets tempted to cheat on her husband when she falls for another married man whom she met at the train station.

The theme of adultery of course wasn't too popular in the '40's but the movie in now way feels as if its deliberately trying to be controversial or groundbreaking. It's a movie that simply tells the story of average normal people, with real-life feelings and emotions.

I call this movie a little drama since it's a British movie, made without a big budget or any big stars in it, though Trevor Howard became a well known name later in his career. It's also a movie set at limited locations and it of course is mostly set at the train station and its small café.

Kind of ironic that this movie got directed by David Lean, who would later make many great big epics, such as "The Bridge on the River Kwai", "Doctor Zhivago" and "Lawrence of Arabia".

It's a nicely directed movie, that keeps things going, without ever getting sentimental or over-the-top with any of its emotions. Also the story itself is kept simple, without ever heading into any sidetracks. Here is the story and this is how it is. Nothing more, nothing less. With this movie Lean also earned his first Oscar nomination and it was one of the first movies to win at the Cannes Film Festival.

A real great little humble drama from David Lean!


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