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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.
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.
Someone should give Stanley Donen and Audrey Hepburn credit for inventing the 60's.
A wonderfully triumphant drama that mixes comedy with the tragedy of love. Whilst the film ostensibly is about love, and how we use it, it feels more like a battle of the sexes and a fight for power in a, not so solid relationship.
Albert Finney's character took some getting used to but once I was bedded in, he and the ever beautiful Audrey Hepburn set the screen a light.
A highly recommend jaunt, that has the feel of everything I expect the 1960's were like.
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…
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…
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
Whoa! What a great concept, and a hella execution! It was about time that I saw this
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
‘There is always something interrupting happiness.’ So says writer Frederic Raphael in regards to the relationship at the centre of Two for the Road, a film that tells the story of Joanna and Mark Wallace (Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney), two people who meet while travelling Europe and for whom the first flush of romance wanes into a contemptuous, unfaithful marriage. While not strictly autobiographical, Raphael says that many of the scenarios written into Two for the Road were based on his own experiences and so the Wallace’s relationship is defined by the ‘little things,’ the idiosyncrasies and shared experiences that accumulate to form the cynical foundation of their marriage. At one point, slipped into the middle of an argument…
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actor: Audrey Hepburn as Joanna Wallace
character: Joanna Wallace by Audrey Hepburn
A masterpiece, perhaps the best film about relationships. Audrey Hepburn's best performance.
The juxtaposition is quite messy at times especially in the beginning, but as it progress, it became an absorbing story of fading love and bringing its colors back to its place. 500 days of summer, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Comet owes a lot from this film.
Can't think of a less interesting subject than married people falling in and out of love, but this is done so well—the time-shifting narrative is really nicely executed, and somewhat unusual for a mainstream American/British movie of the era. Wouldn't be at all surprised if Donen had taken in some Resnais (or indeed if Roeg had seen this film.)
TWO FOR THE ROAD is an authentic road movie, with opening credits of miscellaneous traffic signs bode the marital turbulence of a couple, the architect Mark Wallace (Finney) and his wife Joanna (Hepburn), who has been married for twelve years, and through the haphazard narrative jump-cuts, as the title suggests, the film presents them in a continuously mobile fashion, mostly in flashbacks, whether they are hitchhiking, carpooling with another married couple (including a fast-forwarding sight-seeing in Chantilly), or later they can afford to travel on their own, their trips in the magnificent European land evokes an evident whiff of lyricism intermingled with their personal romances and crises.
Directed by the legendary Stanley Donen, and enabled by Frederic Raphael’s wickedly astringent…