Passionate Friends

“Adapted from H.G. Wells's novel by Eric Ambler, The Passionate Friends is a remarkable film, as ‘difficult' as Ryan's Daughter in its unrestrained emotion, and supremely confident in its (then) daring use of multiple flashbacks. It seems designed to repeat the success of Brief Encounter with glossier characters, moving from ‘sophisticated' Chelsea to an Alpine resort and then to the London Underground for its bleak resolution. It is one of Lean's least known but most rewarding works.”

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