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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.
Someone should give Stanley Donen and Audrey Hepburn credit for inventing the 60's.
Like all of Linklater's Before movies, except better because it's just one movie.
I now understand the brilliance of Audrey Hepburn.
Hepburn + Finney + Donen (all in their heyday) + multiple stages of relationship whilst traversing the French countryside = Two For the Road. The narrative play with timeline intersection is quite ahead of its time and for the most part this narrative choice enhances the poignancy of the character drama (though not always successfully), whilst the relationship dissection commentary is smeared in genius and bucket loads of life experience. Personally, I couldn't quite pluck enough out of this romp for it to warrant more than 4 stars, but it could potentially be one of those special films for some people out there. I wouldn't mind revisiting this again someday, it deserves to be held up among their career best works. Criminally underseen, and underappreciated in its day, although based on the recent annual Criterion teaser one suspects that the revivalists have already come knocking, which would be well deserved.
Stanley Donen's Two for the Road is the equivalent of a lifetime of Richard Linklater "Before" films in 111 minutes. It charts a single relationship between the immaculate Audrey Hepburn and the muted Albert Finney, over the course of a number of journeys they took through the South of France. The film is non-linear, it is edited beautifully between the trips, with Hepburn's hair length and the acting chops of Finney and Hepburn all you have to go on to follow the story. However, the film is never confused or confusing.
Two for the Road is an incredibly well-observed film, the dialogue is particularly well judged. Frederic Raphael's script is great at capturing the back and forth, where people say…
Are you ever sitting in a movie theater and it slowly dawns on you that the film you're watching is going to become an inextricable part of you for possibly the rest of your life? No? Ok
This was directed by Stanley Donen, who filmed some of Audrey's best movies (Charade, Funny Face) It features an intelligent, mature script from Frederic Raphael and co-stars the ever fantastic Albert Finney.
It' is also arguably, Hepburn's finest performance... so of course, Oscar didn't nominate her (they did so for "Wait Until Dark, which was fine.... but she was incredible in this, and she should have won.) While she charmed me in Holiday and was spectacular in Tiffany's, she shows substantial growth as an actress here. It was a serious role, and she infuses it with warmth, sadness, humor and love. You can see it in a look, her eyes are so expressive in this film. Just terrific acting from her and Finney.
Not bad, but all the jumping between time and place was rather confusing. My dad would have lost the clue completely. Audrey.... how skinny can a woman be? And Albert Finney, actually only ever seen him previously as an old crumpy man. Refreshing!
An "almost" film. Stanley Donen takes a competent script by Frederic Raphael and attempts to make a serious film about modern (circa-1967) marriage. Showing the marriage through a series of road trips across the French countryside over the course of several years is an effective device, but Donen somewhat clumsily attempts to meld classic Hollywood conventions (that which he excels at) with modernist European art films (Antonioni and Rossellini's JOURNEY IN ITALY seem like obvious precursors). The blend does not always work. Perhaps the most distracting element, however, is the mismatched casting of Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn--both fine actors with different strengths and little chemistry. Hepburn's grace makes Finney look all the more foolish.
The non-linear glimpses of a twelve-year romance reflex the archetypal pattern in love and marriage, along with witty dialogues, splendid performance, and funny scenes, that make it outstanding among love stories.
"What kind of people can sit there without a word to say to each other?" said Mark.
"Married people!" replied Jo.
The chemistry between the two actors is wonderful, for both the couple's highs and lows. The use of time jumping was quite brilliant to emphasize different points of the relationship rather than staying totally linear.
(3500) Days of Audrey
I don't know why it doesn't reach greatness to me, but this is a superbly constructed look at what being married actually looks, feels, and sounds like - its truth coming from a pretty cynical perspective, anyway.
The fashions are dated and Hepburn is thin to the point of being unhealthy. But, still a good movie on marriage.
My favorite Audrey Hepburn film for its brutal honesty and the well-matched pairing of Hepburn and Finney that makes you feel like you're watching two planets trying to exist alongside each other.
Complete list. :-(
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!