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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
Not many movies have perfect endings. This one does.
Somewhat fortuitous that I watched this the same night as Inside Out as both films are about memory and about the inability (and even benefit) of memories not being of joy alone. I might not have thought of it had I not had that thematic depth laid out for me in more clear language slightly later on that night.
How that plays into this film is the idea that the person you love the most can also the person you hate the most. This may seem antithetical to some, but for me, it's always been true. Love involves a certain amount of vulnerability, trust, and connection. We let that person in because they can push our buttons for both good…
A Friday Night In or: How Stanley Donen And Henry Mancini Melted Me Into A Warm And Messy Puddle
Loved the editing and Hepburn/Finney have terrific chemistry. Only real misstep was the American couple with their awful child.
Ao ir e voltar o tempo todo nas fases da história, Donen consegue casar eventos completamente díspares, criando uma sensação de impossibilidade de perpetuação que é dura, mas ao mesmo tempo deve ser tratada como algo comum. Além disso, lança mão de tantas coisas batidas, pode-se até dizer clichês, para provocar a identificação da plateia, dando ao filme uma universalidade difícil de se alcançar.
Leia a crítica completa aqui.
Mark Wallace: Bitch.
Joanna Wallace: Bastard.
A fantastic romance story. It is acted well, Audrey Hepburn is intoxicating in that she makes one smile. Albert Finney is intoxicating in that he makes one want to wring his narcissistic neck. It also has great nonlinear editing cut thematically so the visuals feel important. One of my favorites of the semester.
SAW: in Norris Theatre (for 503)
One of the most beautiful example of non-linear narrative I have ever seen. Hepburn and Finney are magical in their roles.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!