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Two for the Road
They make something wonderful out of being alive!
The ten-year marriage of Mark and Joanna Wallace is on the rocks. In flashback they recall their first meeting, memorable moments in their courtship and early wedded life, their travels through Europe, their broken vow never to have children, and their increasing tensions that led to both of them having extra-marital affairs.
I'm seeing this movie for the very first time, unknowingly celebrating its 45th anniversary. Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney give two impressive performances in an ambitious film that had to be one of the first of its kind to take a non-linear approach with its storytelling.
Stanley Donen always worked well with Hepburn, and with this film they go for something even more daring than their previous work. Sadly, only about half of it really works and the other half falls flat. Nevertheless, there's plenty of nice things to say about the movie - chief among them being that it was obviously way ahead of its time when it comes to editing and structure.
Finney and Hepburn share a good…
Like all of Linklater's Before movies, except better because it's just one movie.
It has some great moments in both the drama and comedy. However, if we had cut out 15 minutes of Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn swimming I would have felt this was a far superior film.
Audrey Hepburn / Albert Finney, matrimonio y coche
Scenes From A 60's Marriage: Stanley Donen's 1967 film is daringly original. A cubist look at a marriage in simultaneous bloom and turmoil. The film's narrative is broken into several threads as couple Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney meet, go on a road trip and seemingly break up all told consecutively. This is the kind of movie that isn't talked about or seen much by general audiences but has influenced the likes of Steven Soderbergh or Quentin Tarantino who have used similar narrative structures in their modern films.
Finney and Hepburn are great together with lots of chemistry which isn't easy cause Finney is an actor who can come off brutish and mean but he shows real charm here and Hepburn is a stunner as always.
The photography really shines here and it's one of the most adult and realistic films on the late 60's that I've seen. Highly recommended.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Somehow a lot of cliches and arguments resolved with tickling or water splashing don't ruin this movie. Rare and good stuff here if you decide to be patient and nice to the film. It's no La'Aventura, Scenes From a Marriage, or Before Trilogy but I'm glad I watched it and would recommend it to any Anglo/Franco/Audreyphile. Less mean than WA of VW or Contempt. I actually only put it on because it was written by the same guy as Nothing But the Best.
Really good movie. Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney have great chemistry and Stanley Donen's direction is great. If you're an Audrey Hepburn fan, this film is a must-see.
Much like the Before trilogy by Linklater all rolled in to one film, this is Hepburn and Finney dissecting their relationship at various stages. It doesn't work quite as well for two reasons. Firstly it mingles timelines to the point that you frequently are not entirely sure which one you are in and consequently can't invest in it. Secondly it doesn't seem to have any clear message. Instead it is merely snippets of their life without them or us (as viewers) really learning anything. Hepburn and Finney do have some chemistry, the dialogue is fairly good and the use of Europe (and in particular France) as location works well, but it just doesn't capture the way it should.
Balancing between tragic romance and optimism before eventually coming down on the side of love's strength and resiliency, Donen's take on the trials of marriage shares mug in common with the theme's of Rosselini's Journey to Italy but offers a far more optimistic view of marriage in portraying the ebb and flow of passion and affection over the years by exploring how one couple deals with the various challenges of marriage.
The film's fractured chronology effectively conveys how the seeds of future trials and issues were sown at the outset.
Hepburn's buoyant exuberance and patience provide the necessary pair for Finney's taciturn gruffness, making this couple inherently believable while still allowing for faults and fissures.
The almost salt and pepper nature of the central casting is the most intriguing part of this film, the exuberant Hepburn playing off the dour Finney to striking effect but Donen's editing plays as deeply contrived more than clever. Yes, yes, I know he was breaking boundaries in experimentation in mainstream cinema but I can't help my jaded 21st Century opinions.
Imagine Linklater and Ozon went and made a 1930's screwball; brought Shane Carruth to edit and voila!
"They don't look very happy"
"Why would they? They just got married."
Frederic Raphael, who hurt you?! That he wrote something so brilliantly funny yet so brutally cynical, and that he could give that screenplay to a director as surely optomistic as Stanley Donen and not have his vision compromised in the slightest is a small miracle.
Having seen only the rather disappointing CHARADE, I was a little sceptical of Donen without Kelly, but TWO FOR THE ROAD is just perfect. It's hilarious and ingenious and heartbreaking and just as visually and structurally playful as anything Donen had worked on previously. (the man made ROYAL WEDDING and SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, no less!)
Another thing - TFTR was released only…
Pincha un poco hacia el final pero he disfrutado enormemente el viaje (jueguito de palabras).
Audrey Hepburn / Albert Finney, matrimonio y coche
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