It all started on an ordinary day in the most ordinary place in the world - the refreshment room at Milford Junction.
Brief Encounter concerns a middle-aged couple who don't commit adultery. That's right, they don't commit adultery. They think about it and they even come close, but in the end they don't.
Middle-aged housewife Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson) meets married doctor Alec Harvey (Trevor Howard) in a train station. She gets a piece of grit in her eye, he removes it. Their relationship develops over succeeding weeks--a trip into town is part of their weekly routine. A friendship develops. And then it becomes something more. Their one attempt to consummate their relationship is a disaster. Soon after they part forever.
Keep a box of tissues nearby.