With an obsession bordering on the pathologically, Barbara spies on Sheba. May's cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska Michelle Pfeiffer , returns in exile from a failed marriage abroad. But after meeting, and falling for, a younger French bookseller, Paul Olivier Martinez , she's reminded of how exciting and thrilling life can be. Compared his slightly dull but sweet fiancee, Countess Ellen is practically a revolutionary. Such is the premise of Mike Nichols' affair drama, which entangles two couples into one another's lives with devastating consequences. And during that short period of time, Francesca meets a photographer named Robert Kincaid Clint Eastwood , in town to take pictures of the area's famous covered bridges. Let the blackmail games begin. He's set to marry May Welland Winona Ryder , his perfect match in every way. Advertisement Load Video Brokeback Mountain Jake Gyllenhaal and the late great Heath Ledger play ranchers drawn together during long nights on the range. The ritual began in , and they haven't missed a meeting, despite marriage and children. Still, they imagine what could have been. Like us on Facebook — we'll see you there! Their love is passionate and bristling with implications. When, surprise surprise, gambling falls through, the couple is offered one last ray of financial hope through a mysterious billionaire Robert Redford. Over the years, they develop an intimacy that runs like a current through their personal hardships, and sustains them. Brief Encounter is widely considered to be one of the most quiet, unsentimental, and profoundly romantic movies of all time.