Brief Encounters

Brief Encounters

DVD - 2016
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With a touch of glamour, gutsy humor, and an overwhelming desire to improve their lot in life, four women strive for happiness and fulfillment. In early 1980s England, Steph, Pauline, Nita and Dawn wrestle with the pressures of family, husbands and making ends meet. However, a chance meeting between Steph and Nita is destined to kick-start a transformation for them all as they grasp the opportunity to become Ann Summers (lingerie and sex toy) party organizers.
Publisher: Silver Spring, Maryland : Acorn, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD BRIEF
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (aprox. 288 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD video,4 3/4 in
digital,optical,5.1 surround,Dolby digital
widescreen (1.78:1)
DVD-video,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1

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ownedbydoxies
Apr 30, 2018

I don't think anyone does historically-accurate sets and costuming like the Brits. This series takes place in the early 80's and the details of that time and place are so very accurate, it's amazing. The show is a tv series taking a fairly light-hearted look at women striking out on their own, and standing up to pushy moms and husbands, but I have to say the highlights for me were the character Russell (especially during the fashion show - I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes) and Bryan the butcher. There's romance here, of course, and some drama as well. Highly entertaining.

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iluvpaul
Oct 13, 2017

Actually, I really like this series. Living in the U.K. and being a Brit. they got it right. What it was like and trying to make a go of it. Women where still trying to make a mark in the world and it was very typical what men thought of women making money and being successful in the work-force. Their roles were still keeping house, working outside the house including cleaning for others, shop jobs and low-senior clerical work. (I know, I worked in a bank). I lived quite close to Sheffield then, hence the move to Vancouver. The only thing they forget was the immortal Maggie Thatcher!
I only wish we had another season to follow-up on.

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COURIER3
May 13, 2017

Interesting, hard to understand British accent. Some good humor.

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d007562647
Apr 30, 2017

Excellent. Topical British humor. Wish there was a second season.

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CatfoodShawn
Apr 19, 2017

For a show with a very silly premise and the unfortunate setting of the early 80's, with all the big hair and leggings you could possibly stand, this one surprised me with decent writing, character development, and plot. By the end of the second DVD, I was immediately online to check for details on the availability of the second season - only to find out that the show had been cancelled after season one, with apparently some outrage from fans of the series. I mean, sure, this is a film about the beginnings of an adult clothing, toy and accessory line starting out in living rooms all over the country (England) in the 80's, so there were the obvious naughty bits and seemingly uncomfortable images of adult toys being demonstrated that might have turned some people off. The 80's theme probably didn't help the ratings, either, but what it boiled down to was a show about female empowerment, both in the workplace, as well as through open minded friendships. Ending the show where they did not only left viewers hanging with unfinished storylines, but also took a blossoming series for women away, and that was a pity. So my recommendation is with the caveat that you will be disappointed at the unfinished storyline ending, and possibly really annoyed at the very British, VERY 80's look and feel of the show, if you're not used to Brit show humor and style. Otherwise, go for it!

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BeausPerson
Mar 17, 2017

Story of women in the 80's who find personal fufillment, friendship and financial success by selling marital aids at home parties. Sadly, it will not be continued.

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ralwal
Dec 13, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed this saga of intertwined stories. Great acting.

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