Two for the Road

1967

Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 85%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 9437

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Audrey Hepburn as Joanna Wallace
Albert Finney as Mark Wallace
William Daniels as Howard Manchester
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Reviewed by dglink 10 / 10

Brilliant Dissection of a Marriage

Under the glossy sheen of what was sold as a romantic comedy, Stanley Donen's incomparable film, "Two for the Road," is at heart the dissection of a relationship between two people over a decade of their life together. During the course of the film, Mark and Joanna Wallace mature from two carefree young individuals into a union of two people, which is stronger than the sum of its parts. Frederic Raphael's Oscar-nominated screenplay relates the story of this couple through a series of car trips across France. The trips vary as the years pass, and most are taken together, although one is with another couple, and one is with their young daughter. As the couple's affluence grows, the cars become more expensive, the clothes more stylish, and the two partners more distant. Early in their lives, Mark and Joanna note a man and woman sitting in a restaurant without looking or speaking to each other. Joanna asks: "What kind of people sit in a restaurant and don't talk to each other." Mark replies: "Married people." After a decade together, Mark and Joanna sit in a restaurant together without speaking. While lacking the cynicism of Stephen's Sondheim's views on marriage, Raphael makes his point.

If the film had been told in a straightforward time line, the results would have been ordinary at best. However, Raphael has fractured time, and the stories unravel in bits and pieces that are inter cut to compare and contrast Mark and Joanna and their relationship as it grows and reacts to life. Some of the cuts are amusing such as a scene when the couple is hitchhiking and a car passes them without stopping. Mark says: "I'll never pass a hitchhiker without stopping." The film jumps to Mark who, during a subsequent trip, passes a hitchhiking couple without even a glance at them. The cuts are not flashbacks, however, because the characters are not remembering the past. As the director, Stanley Donen, put it, every scene is the present, which makes the film a revolving prism that reflects various facets of the union of these two people at different points in their lives. Perhaps this unique structure is what has made the film so appealing to so many viewers. Everyone sees the film from his or her own experiences and stage of life. As the viewer matures and changes, so does his or her relationship to the film and its characters.

With a sophisticated script to work from, the actors were at the top of their form. Arguably, Audrey Hepburn has never been better and displayed a range unrivaled in her other films as she matures from a young collegiate on tour to a sophisticated, but bored, wife of a successful architect. Albert Finney was never more attractive, and his chemistry with Hepburn is essential to the film's success. An American couple, played to perfection by Eleanor Bron and William Daniels, and their daughter, Ruthie, who travel with the Mark and Joanna on one trip, are the film's comedy relief. The anal husband, snobbish wife, and insufferable child comprise a family that Joanna desperately does not want to become or to share an automobile with.

Beautiful wide-screen cinematography of the French countryside by Christopher Challis and one of Henry Mancini's finest scores only enhance this masterwork further. The collaboration of Henry Mancini, Stanley Donen, and Audrey Hepburn, which worked so well on "Charade," reached a peak with "Two for the Road." Like other films that used fractured time, such as "Citizen Kane" and "Memento," "Two for the Road" does not pale under repeated viewings, because the structure makes it difficult to anticipate the order of sequences and the film always seems fresh. Only the screenplay's over-reliance on phrase repetition in the dialog exchanges and the ongoing gag about misplaced passports wear thin. But, despite any minor quibbles, this viewer is always willing to take another trip across France with Mark and Joanna. When the film draws to a conclusion and the couple cross a border both literally and figuratively, their final exchange is: "Bitch," "Bastard." To which all I can add is: Brilliant.

Reviewed by iluvcrayons07 10 / 10

wonderful

This is my favorite movie of all time. I just saw it 2 weeks ago, and I've already watched it about 7 times. The way that Mark and Joanna's relationship is displayed through the time changes is excellent, and while you'd think that keeping track of the time would be difficult, it's actually quite simple if you look at the hair and the attitudes of the couple. Audrey Hepburn is magnificent, one of her best performances ever, and Albert Finney is charming as her workaholic husband. The Maxwell-Manchesters are hilarious, especially the little girl Ruthie. Audrey is the bored wife, trying to save the 12-year marriage, while Albert is the overworking, bad tempered husband. The movie takes you through their three trips, the first when their love affair began, the second when she is pregnant with their first child, and the third when their marriage is beginning to fail. Their love is displayed wonderfully, and anyone can see that Hepburn and Finney were in love in real life, too. The music is beautiful, I love how it's played all throughout the movie. I think that it's one of the best parts of the whole movie, but there wasn't a moment when I wasn't completely wrapped up in what was going on. This is a classic, and I can't believe I'd never heard of it before I accidently picked it up at the video store. Anyone who is married (or who's looking for some laughs) should definitely watch this movie, it's a must-see.

Reviewed by mroselli 5 / 10

Standing the test of time


Thank God that Audrey Hepburn made this film before slipping off into an extended temporary retirement. Was she too old for this movie? Not for the segments that deal with the latter part of the married relationship. The movie spans eleven years and, yes, it is a bit of a visual stretch to see a 37 year old Audrey portraying a 22 year old college woman, but her performance throughout was nothing short of brilliant. This film was a tremendous departure for her. In Two for the Road she does not play the part of the doe-eyed delicate creature of her earlier movies. She even abandoned, reluctantly, her trademark Givenchy wardrobe to sink her teeth into a gritty, visceral part. Many critics of the time remarked on its art house appeal, due in large part to the back and forth sequence editing and the clever juxtaposition of similarities, parallels and contrasts in scenes spanning eleven years. The film must have been incredibly fresh and jarring in its day, abandoning a linear narrative approach to the history of a marriage. Even today it comes across as very "contemporary." Albert Finney delivers an equally strong performance. There is genuine chemistry between Finney and Hepburn. The viewer sees all that is wonderful and horrible about the dynamics of a couple that comes to realize that despite mutual infidelity they still love each other and belong to one another.

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