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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.
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…
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.
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
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…
Patently obvious yet still well crafted meditation on marriage and the difficulty of maintaining a relationship over many years.
Audrey Hepburn And Albert Finney both deliver terrific star performances as the awkward couple-though both of their characters seem actually a little nasty.
Director Donen's innovations with editing become somewhat confusing but manage to always keep an emotional hold on it's audience.
Not for all tastes and fails to meet up with other classics that its stars and director made-but still worthwhile.
Ahead of it's time and way overlooked. The story feels real and haven't seen anything like it from the era. The editing and transitions between the different timelines are creative and makes the movie flow geniously.
Arguably Stanley Donen's masterpiece, and undoubtedly one of the most stylistically influential films of the 60s, Two for the Road (1967) follows a couple (Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney) through four successive trips through the south of France, telling the story of the dissolution of their marriage by cutting from one time level to another. The literate script is by Frederic Raphael, and Eleanor Bron contributes a hilarious cameo as the ultimate University of Chicago graduate. 112 min.
A good pick for your road-movie-thon. Audrey Hepburn is hilarious, Albert Finney is incredibly silly but you like him anyway, and the chronological skips only enhance the story, with strong visual cues that easily let the viewer know what era in the marriage of the main characters is being shown at any given moment. Not the best love story out there, but worth a watch. Also includes a funny subplot about those darn pesky Americans who always ruin everyone's good time.
Cada vez que en las películas de Donen (al menos las que he visto: Funny Face y en Two for the Road) le dicen "funny face" a Audrey Hepburn siento muy bonito, se me hace como una declaración de amor.
Me gusta mucho como está contada y los juegos de edición que hacen. La hija del psicólogo es odiosa, tal y como debe ser.
¡Qué buena química entre Hepburn y Finney!
Stanley Donen was ever so familiar with directing ecstatically pleasing films - Singin' in the Rain and On the Town reeked of that charismatic tone. In Two for the Road he directs Audrey Hepburn (in one of her final great roles) and Albert Finney - a couple in a cute and sometimes sour relationship. It has the essence of a road movie, and the pulse of a romantic dramedy. It isn't just the journey on the road that works the most, but it's the portrayal of a relationship molding and crumbling over time that is so goddamn engaging.
Through their ups and downs is Donen's charm delivering sweet and humorous characters, and underneath, presenting an emotional layer of couple therapy.
The surprise of the year (so far.) I wasn't expecting too much from this, in fact I don't think I'd even heard of it until late last year when it was announced as a forthcoming Masters of Cinema blu-ray release, I just thought it looked okay, but no more and would be a suitable film to watch with my Mum* who won't watch anything silent, violent or “foreign.” Some films you go into expecting a masterpiece and sometimes (certainly not always) you get it, but what an added joy it is to go into a film more or less cold and be utterly charmed by it. Two For The Road is one such, a gorgeous looking, bitter-sweet, romantic comedy road…
Every now and then, you find a film that makes you aware of its editing in a good way. Where the images aren't all that staggering, the juxtaposition from moment to moment is altered in a way that warps your entire perception. In the case of Stanley Donen's tale of toxic love, it comes in the most ingenious ways possible. Following Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney (with impeccable chemistry) as they travel by car. They look back on their love life from their innocent beginnings to the bitter end. Along with symbolism of Finney becoming more and more invested in his job, the film manages to jump for moment to moment based on little details. Hepburn diving onto a bed…
Whoa! What a great concept, and a hella execution! It was about time that I saw this