The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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
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.
Cute concept, but doesn't make up for the shallowness of many of the episodes. TWO FOR THE ROAD tries to get by almost solely on the inherent irony reflecting between its multiple timelines.
Finney and Hepburn have chemistry, but there can only be so many scenes of playful fun followed by arguments before it starts to get tiresome. The overarching plot isn't that compelling, but the sheer charisma of both leads and the wonderful scenery almost makes up for any lack of interest. And there are a few absolutely mesmerizing scenes (like the sunburned embrace in the mirror).
Finney and Hepburn make a great couple, and this is a funny, insightful and honest film about marriage. Lots to like, not least the really well-handled time-shifting plotline.
Not many movies have perfect endings. This one does.
More Info to come
Complete list. :-(