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Films celebrating the magic of the brief encounter

There’s nothing so achingly romantic on screen as a brief encounter.

A dramatic construction involving limited time and an accident of chance, with a neat beginning, middle and end: the protagonists meet, fall in love, but part due to the obstacles of an uncaring world. The lovers experience a fleeting yet passionate liaison, one left unscathed by the mundanities of everyday life, resulting in a potent mix of pleasure and pain that stimulates the mind as well as the heart.

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  • The Worst Person in the World
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • End of the Century
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Columbus
  • Blue Jay
  • Liberal Arts
  • Weekend
  • In the City of Sylvia
  • Lost in Translation
  • In the Mood for Love
  • An Affair of Love
  • Before Sunrise
  • Chungking Express
  • A Special Day
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • An Affair to Remember
  • Summertime
  • Roman Holiday
  • Holiday Affair
  • The Passionate Friends
  • Letter from an Unknown Woman
  • A Day in the Country
  • Brief Encounter
  • The Clock
  • Casablanca
  • Love Affair