music emphasizes the uncontrollable feelings that put at risk the trustworthy
tedium of the couple's otherwise normal romantic lives. The black-and-white
cinematography, discernible by both stylishness and uncommon realism
augments the story gradually with the most beautifully realistic tones
and atmospheric Englishness.
Encounter carries Noel Coward's tenderly and sensitively in depth and
perceptive script to radiant life, extracting lyricism and poetry from
the most, to all appearances, ordinary doing. Trevor Howard gives a
distinct performance, and Celia Johnson realises a heartbreakingly wise,
even moving portrayal of complete self- possession.