Close Reading Practice – Brief Encounter (1945)


Close reading:

A man and woman, stood closely in the shadows. They are hidden away from others, their close embrace is one that could be seen as romantic or has a strong sexual tension. Her hand holding him back denotes the need to be restraint. The choice of location and a lack of light suggests a need to keep their relationship a secret from the world. Their relationship is perhaps forbidden, or inappropriate, though their connection is strong. Their eyes intensely focused on one another, their relationship, though one of love, may actually be causing pain. His expression is intense, almost longing to move past her hand and embrace her fully, fighting to restrain himself.

  • Brief Encounter (1945) Film. Directed by David Lean. [Blu-Ray] UK. Eagle-Lion Distributors Ltd.

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