Laura Jesson, a suburban housewife, has a chance encounter with Alex Harvey, a
young doctor, in the waiting room of an English train station. Against her
better judgment she falls quickly in love. We meet the lovers at the climax of
their affair and the film retells the development of the relationship through
Laura's voice and memory. David Lean directed this film from a one-act play,
"Still Life," by Noel Coward. This was the last of several film
collaborations between Lean and Coward. Coward's play is set only in the station
waiting room. Lean's film takes us out of the waiting room, onto the trains and
into the lives of Laura and Alec.
This film won the 1946 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or and received Academy Award
nominations for best actress (Celia Johnson), best director and best writing.
Post-film discussion led by Lex Miller.
About the director David Lean
About the playwright Noel Coward
About the film