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Best known for light, entertaining musicals such as Singin' in the Rain, director Stanley Donen grew more adventurous (and less successful) in the latter stages of his career, but this edgy romantic comedy from 1967 has proven to be one of Donen's best, most enduring films. Jumping back in forth in time, the film chronicles the marital ups and downs of a stylish British couple (Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn) as they travel on various vacations over the course of their 12-year marriage. The separate vignettes combine to form a collage of joys and pains as the young couple struggles to maintain their fading marital bliss. In this regard, the film is refreshingly sophisticated in its treatment of the difficulties of long-term commitment, and with Hepburn and Finney in the leads, great performances are drawn from the acerbic wit of Frederick Raphael's screenplay. Fashion mavens will also marvel at Hepburn's astonishing wardrobe of late-'60s fashion--she's a showcase for summer couture, looking fantastic in everything from candy-striped bellbottoms to hip sunglasses and outrageously stylish hats. Some of the melodrama clashes with forced comedy (such as tiresome running gags or a cartoonish portrayal of crass American tourists), but that doesn't stop Two for the Road from being timelessly appealing and truthful to the challenge of lasting love. --Jeff Shannon
- Disappointing star vehicle
This was clearly an experiment in teaming up the long-established (and ever-charming) Audrey Hepburn with up-and-coming British star Albert Finney, who never did quite go on to become the matinee idol some had hoped, despite getting a good headstart with Tom Jones (1965). Here, however, the match is awkward, and not helped by a fairly witless script and an overall lack of coherence. The thin plot is terribly structured, meandering here and there at a deathly pace, and ending up nowhere in particular.
The combination seemed great: Donen directing Hepburn with a snazzy score by easy listening giant Henry Mancini; It was never meant to be, however. This reviewer was left sorely disappointed, wondering where the last two hours of his life had vanished to....more info
- Great movie about and for married people
An unconventional portrayal of the life of a married couple Joanna and Mark Wallace, this movie gives us a glimpse of what "being married" is all about. One of Audrey's greatest performance, TFTR is one of the most underrated movies in Hollywood. The music of Henry Mancini adds to the charm of the film together with the meticulous direction of Stanley Donen.
Highly recommended!...more info
- A treasure
This is one the best love stories of the 1960s.The script,direction,and
performances are all perfect.Frederic Raphael's sharp,intelligent,witty
script contains much humor and delivers some stinging barbs at marriage.
Stanley Donen's brisk,inventive direction results in one of his best films.Henry Mancini's score is tuneful and charming.The supporting cast is excellent(William Daniels is hilarious!).Albert Finney is marvelous
as the gruff but loving husband.But the movie belongs to its radiant leading lady.Audrey Hepburn is tough,sexy,and absolutely irresistible here.In fact,she was rarely so perfectly cast.Somehow,Donen seems to bring
out the best in her(This was their third film together).She and Finney are at their peak here.This film is an absolute delight from start to finish.Sit back and enjoy!...more info
- A stinging portrait of married life's ups & downs
A funny, subtle, bittersweet and skillfully constructed look at one couple's courtship and sometimes-rocky marriage, as seen in a series of interwoven narratives, all during trips through France in the 1950s and '60s. Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn portray the Wallaces, he an irascible, prickly young architect, she, his indefatigably cheery, clear-eyed wife. The dizzying, back-and-forth cross-chronological editing can be a bit disorienting, but the script is incredibly skillful, and the tart dialogue takes on an aching, painful resonance. Plus, Hepburn is such a doll. Great clothes, great old cars and outlandishly modern architecture and interior design -- a great glimpse into the Euro-American middle class of the late 'Fifties and early 'Sixties, when the world was their oyster, and love was in the air....more info
- Freeway of love
A swinging 60s version of Scenes from a Marriage. Director Stanley Donen whips up a masterful cinematic souffl¨¦ here, folding in a sophisticated script by Frederick Raphael, a generous helping of Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn, and topping it all off with a real cherry of a score by the great Henry Mancini. Donen follows the travails of a married couple over the years of their relationship, by constructing a series of non-linear flashbacks and flash-forwards (a structural device that has been utilized since by other filmmakers, but rarely as effectively). While ostensibly a "romantic comedy", Two For the Road is, at its heart, a thoughtful meditation on the nature of love and true commitment. Finney and Hepburn have great on-screen chemistry (and both were at the peak of their physical beauty-which doesn't hurt). Colorful European locales provide additional icing on the cake. This is one of those films (like The Way We Were) that some people form an emotional bond with....more info
OK, this movie is just great!! It puts you in such a good mood and brings you to another land. I see there are a few people who made negative comments about the movie.... They are insane!! Two For The Road is a wonderful movie!! I recommend everyone watch it!! My boyfriend who has completely different taste than me even loved it!! Must see!!...more info
- My favorite movie of all time ...
I first saw this movie when I was twelve and it was my favorite movie then. Thirty-seven years, and a lot of life experience later, it still is. When I first saw it, I took Mark Wallace's views on marriage very much to heart and found the difference between their early relationship and their subsequent marriage disturbing. Seeing it so many years later, I found all his anti-marriage rhetoric as a young man hitchhiking through Europe very amusing. American women "...want what their grandmothers wanted. Your head stuffed and mounted on the living room wall! And if you don't like it, you can take your lovin' self elsewhere." These lines and others are delivered within the classic framework of the man dedicated to preserving his freedom, and he keeps the anti-marriage line going throughout the film. Yet his devotion to the woman he decides to spend his life with is clear. Clearly, the single most touching scene for me was when Joanna returns from her affair with Maurice's brother-in-law, and Mark says, "You humiliate me. You humiliate me and then you come back." She nods. He reaches out and pulls her to him in a strong embrace and says, "Thank God!" in the most heartfelt way. There are so many scenes that I love ... the scene in which she first tells him that she loves him and he says, "I warn you." and she says, "Don't." Did Hepburn ever look lovelier than in that scene? Or when they are lying in bed the very first time and he says, "This is completely against my principles," and it turns out he's talking about sleeping in hotels, rather than outdoors in a sleeping bag.
I also like the part at the end where she says, "There'll never be anyone else in my life like you." When he asks if that's true she says, "I hope!"
The most revealing part of the movie for me, as an adult, was when Mark is walking out of the restaurant with his former girlfriend, Cathy Maxwell Manchester, who tells him that Howard is the "husband" type while he, Mark is the "lover" type.
I think the people who love this movie relate more to Joanna and Mark. They got together because of the intensity of their relationship. Those who hate the movie are more like Cathy and Howard. The "practical" aspects of a relationship are more important for them than the emotional ones. The message of the movie, I think, is despite the difficulties life throws you, it is ultimately more satisfying to cast your lot with the person you truly connect with....more info
WHY ISN'T THIS MOVIE AVAILABLE ON DVD?????? YOU CAN GET SOME OF THE MOST WORTHLESS FILMS ON DVD, BUT NOT GREAT ONES LIKE "TWO FOR THE ROAD" WHY IS THAT?...more info
- Two for the Road
I am so sad. I cannot play this CD unfortunately. I get a message "check your area code" that's all. I would very much appreciate what is wrong with this CD and/or what I could do to be able to play it....more info
- fond memories
I saw this movie downtown San Antonio, Texas as a teenager and fell madly in love...again (first time as Holly Golightly) with Audrey Hepburn. She was and will remain one of our most beloved movie stars of our time. This is a wonderful classic film about 2 people most happy when they have nothing but one another. Proving once again that money cannot buy happiness in life. 5 stars for sure!...more info
- I could watch this over and over
What else is there to write about this movie? Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney have great chemistry together, the script is intelligent, as the direction, and I for one have never found the movie hard to follow.
The way the different stages of the couple's marriage is contrasted throughout the film is particularly effective and poignant, since we clearly see how far their relationship has traveled through the decade. No, Mark (Finney) is not always the most sensitive of people but he does come through when his wife needs him the most. Nor is Joanna (Hepburn)a saint either; she's human like her husband. And together they make the perfect pair to travel in their journey of life. Sigh. Can't get any better than this!
This DVD is restored to a much sharper image than the VHS tape, and of course the music is just haunting as ever....more info
- A trip worth taking
Such a classic -- the Simpsons honored it with a parody (11/9/2008's "Dangerous Curves")! Hepburn was never lovelier, and Finney was a fine figure of a man in this vignette-filled study of a romance/marriage. Set in Europe, using the device of various road-trips, "Two.." shows the ups, downs, and d¨¦ja-vus of a 10-year relationship. Sure, some of it seems dated, but its heart rings true. (Don't miss the wacky couple Eleanor Bron/William Daniels as "ugly Americans," or the early scene with the young, not-in-the-opening-credits Jacqueline Bisset.) It's a rocky road to love, but it's a great trip in their cars. Not to be missed!...more info
- Love and life through the decades
This is a romantic drama different from others you might find in the genre. Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney play a couple who take repeated trips through Europe at various points in their life. The viewer watches them through the decades in out-of-sequence snippets as they fall in love, develop as a couple, have arguments, cheat, grow apart, and fall in love again. There's nothing melodramatic or contrived here, just a very honest look at how relationships change and carry on as we progress through life. Hepburn and Finney present real chemistry that makes them completely believable as a couple who've stayed together for so long. There's a beautiful, bittersweet score by Henry Mancini, and Stanley Donen continues to show why he was one of Hepburn's top collaborators.
The dvd comes with a restoration featurette, a still gallery, and commentary by Donen. A great film for any couple who feel established and settled in their relationship, and shows just how strong love is through the ups and downs of life. ...more info
- A rocky marriage, and a look back at a happier yesterday
When Mark and Joanna Wallace see a pair of newlyweds in a car, amid a throng of rice-flinging well-wishers, the following exchange is heard.
Joanna: They don't look very happy.
Mark: Why should they? They just got married.
It's clear that the Wallaces' marriage has seen better days from that cynical observation. Joanna is sick of seeing her successful architect husband at the beck and call of a certain Maurice, her husband's jaded indifference and extramarital affairs. That leads to an introspective look at their past, given by a series of questions is posed. Where did it all go wrong? You haven't been happy since the day we met, have you? Why do we keep on with this farce? Is it worth it? And of course, how long is this going to go on? These also seem to reflect Hepburn's own marriage to Mel Ferrer, which would last for one more year.
The series of flashbacks, told non-linearly, takes the viewer seeing how Mark and Joanna first met, their travels with another married couple, and the time when they had their first child, when Mark's preoccupation in his career rather than his family reveals the first cracks appearing in their marriage. And the film's running gag involves Mark unable to find his passport, because Joanna has taken it from him. This comes into play as the one consistent thing in their relationship, and a reminder of the past.
By far, the days when Max and Joanna hitchhike across France are the happiest. Sure, they are on a strict budget, being rained on, and a temperamental MG auto, which has a destructive sendoff when it finally poops out. But they were like a couple of kids without a care in the world, having fun. "What kind of people eat without saying a word to each other?" The answer is married people, they say during their romantic period. Years later, when their marriage is on the rocks, they make the same observation, only this time it's about themselves.
David, Joanna's extramarital lover, puts perspective on things when he tells her "there comes a time when one must grow, when the old things aren't amusing anymore." So what does one do when the old things include marriage or being together? Does one stick it out and become more miserable and self-denying, or does one call it a day? What's clear is that promises of never disappointing one another, that the marriage will be one of heaven, and the magic disappears once things don't become personal anymore, but driven by something else.
The transitions between the different times can be differentiated in the car driven, Joanna's hairstyle, dress, and how happy Mark and Joanna are. Donen's sudden jump cuts from present to the various pasts are effective and creative.
Audrey Hepburn is wonderful as usual, and there's growth in the kind of character she plays. Joanna is a variation of Anna (Roman Holiday) or Sabrina, full of fun and laughter, but she also represents a departure from those genteel characters. Scenes where it's apparent she's nude under the covers--unheard of for Audrey Hepburn, right? And her playing an adulterous woman who humiliates her husband? Albert Finney does well as Mark, and his manners of speech range from the comical Bogart-like voice during their premarital trek to a tired weariness.
Two For The Road is also the last movie Hepburn did with director Stanley Donen (Funny Face, Charade). And upon a personal request from Hepburn, Henry Mancini does another winning theme song, fittingly sweet yet nostalgic. It sets a precedent for Audrey Hepburn, away from the innocent virgin roles of before. Despite this being an analysis of a marriage going sour, with moments of frustration and pain, there are moments of fun, and showing how despite changes, maybe being able to accept things as happened and moving with the future will save a rocky marriage such as the Wallaces....more info
- If not the best romantic film ever made one of the five top!
Stanley Donen made an unforgettable film and futhermore a model film .
This is a film you'll enjoy always , for many reasons.
The script is supported by a creative edition , a road movie told at different narrative lines , where past present and future are mixed to create a excellent gaze about a simple couple in a road between England and French with thw forrest , the sea as powerful background.
The couple Hepburn - Finney was a hit. Both of them in the peak of his creative powers .
Delightful , a true song for the life and the love , and despite the crucial emotional croosroad at the end , it gives us amazing dialogues and funny situations.
In my opinion , behind Singin'in the rain , consider this one as the major work of this legendary film maker!...more info
- Audrey - Spectacular as always. Finney - Argggghhh!
After purchasing this I have only been able to watch it once. Audrey Hepburn is my favorite all time actor/actress and she (Joanna in this) is brilliant as always. However, Albert Finney's roll (Mark), charactor and performance is in stark contrast. The further the movie goes the more I disliked Mark and was angry that Joanna was putting up with him. Mark's charactor is over the top and unbeliveable. Five stars Audrey, minus four Albert....more info
- Two for the Road
This movie is absolutely spectacular. Consider it the "indie film" of it's time, as it was created in 1967, but filmed in a non-linear fashion. The story follows a couple by the names of Mark and Joanna Wallace through a series of trips to the South of France with one another.
The best part about the whole film is the fact that it feels so real. The banter between the couple is witty, fresh, and relatable. I highly recommend it. Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn have great chemistry....more info
- One of Hepburn's finest performances--and can the woman wear clothes!
1967 marked the end of Audrey Hepburn's continuous reign as a major film star. After this her cinema appearances would be sporadic and in vehicles of uneven quality. She certainly went out with a bang, giving two topnotch performances in films that year, of which "Two for the Road" is one ("Wait Until Dark" is the other).
The lush photography of the French countryside and equally lush score by Henry Mancini link this film with other glossy Hepburn vehicles such as "Charade," but Stanley Donen's film of a Frederic Raphael screenplay is a surprisingly acerbic and unsparing take on marriage. Mark Wallace (Albert Finney), an architect, and his wife Joanna (Hepburn) arrive in France, called to a project by his demanding boss. Their twelve-year union is obviously not in the best of shape, and as they travel toward their destination scenes from previous journeys they have taken together as a couple are intercut in alternately amusing, ironic and poignant flashbacks. The fluid time structure of the film remains remarkably fresh, and Hepburn rises to the demands of playing a woman at multiple ages and stages of life with ease, giving one of her finest and subtly shaded film performances, though a viewer with a heart of stone would have to admit she looks too mature for the earliest scenes in which she is supposed to be a college co-ed. Finney by comparison is one-note and overbearing early on, though he settles down as the film progresses, or perhaps the grating persona is deliberately imposed by the actor. At any rate the chemistry between him and Hepburn is obvious and adds to the credibility of the story; reports of an on-set romance seem entirely plausible.
Not all of "Two for the Road" has aged equally well--the attempts at outright comedy, such as a running gag involving a lost passport, are now strained and a sequence with a smug American couple and their monster of a daughter descends into caricature. But as a gritty portrait of a long-term relationship and the compromises one must make, it holds up well against many successors. It must be said in closing, too, that Hepburn wears her frequently outlandish fashions with enviable ease. Highly recommended....more info
- I love this movie!
This movie is timeless. It is beautifully written, photograghed, directed. The acting is second to none. Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney are completely convincing as a long time married couple whose marriage is not always perfect. Their characters show vulnerability and the insecurity that often goes with real life relationships. They positively sizzle on screen and are both a delight to watch, their persons and their acting. The locales make it that much more beautiful, the gorgeous countryside in the south of France. What's not to love? It is a poignant love story about the enduring bonds of a loving relationship....more info
- Brilliant, Hepburn's most intelligent, sophisticated film
This is the finest film Audrey Hepburn ever made. Decades ahead of its time, "Two For The Road" really anticipates the crazy narrative contortions of Charlie Kaufman and other modern screenwriters and still feels daring today. However, the relationship between Hepburn and Finney is so genuine and the dialogue so wittily precise that you'll never care about the exact chronology, which is almost impossible to figure out anyway. You'll just revel in one of the most hilarious and charming yet bitingly honest films about romance ever made. I have to imagine "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" owes something to this masterpiece.
The seemingly simple narrative hook is this; Mark and Joanna meet while travelling across France. They then make the same journey at numerous points in their married lives, sometimes together, a few times alone. The genius of Raphael's screenplay is to intercut all of these trips, without any attempt to explain which trip we are seeing each time - there are no titles saying "1956" or "1964" at each change. Instead, we are able to follow the timeline by the way in which their relationship changes from lovers to newlyweds to bored spouses.
The specifics of time, like fashion, and other little clues, do make it fairly easy to follow the chronology if you absolutely must, but it's not at all vital. (Hint - there's always a large annual registration sticker on the windshield of whatever car they're driving, which tells you when the scene takes place, if you just have to know.)
- why i love stanley donen, audrey hepburn, and henry mancini
most anyone who enjoys older movies enjoys stanley donen, whether they realize it or not. this is the man who brought us singin' in the rain, seven brides for seven brothers, and funny face, after all. and his turns directing non-musicals are equally impressive - just watch charade.
audrey hepburn, of course, needs no introduction.
why then this movie -the last of three the two made together- is so often overlooked is beyond me. this poingant, wildly inventive look at marriage has been cited by many as hepburn's best performance. it is possibly even donen's best film, of a repitoire which is hard to beat. it is simply a fantastic movie.
in short... go watch two for the road!...more info
- Phases and Stages
This a good vehicle for Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney in their younger days. A bitter sweet comedy of the different stages of marriages.
A classic that gets little play on current TV.
It holds up well. It has universal appeal for married couples....more info
- Smart, charming 60's romance
I saw this movie when it first came out as I was a huge fan of both Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney. I remember loving it and was happy to find the DVD on the shelf of my local library this week. It's interesting to me to see how I react to films that I loved long ago. Some hold up in my mind, some surpass my memories and some disappoint. I'm sorry that this film falls into the latter category.
It's still wonderful in its way---one of the last of the genre of romance films starring big named actors, set in glamourous locals....often in the south of France. I enjoyed them all. This rather combines the best of those films with the realistic seriousness that became popular soon after. This isn't just a "boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, fall out of love and fall back in love" story. We see the details which are painfully familiar to almost anyone who has ever been in love.
Still we get the lush scenery of bucolic France while it was still the perfect setting for any love affair. The music by Henry Mancini brings back the whole feeling of the time. So there is plenty of pleasure for eye and ear. Hepburn is sensationally beautiful and wears all of the costumes of the 12 year period the film spans with great style. It's fun just to see what she's going to wear next. We see the variety of modes of transportation, starting with Hepburn and her choir in an old VW bus, and Finney on the back of a tractor, and progressing through a series of cars as their prosperity increases. There are scenes on the Mediterranean and in sumptuous villas, charming little hotels and luxurious bigger hotels. It's a terrific travelog cum story.
The story has its ups and downs like any marriage and it's a good thing that it is played out against such a gorgeous background and stars such attractive people, because it is a little wearing, frankly. He is selfish, she is selfish. He pays more attention to his work than his family. She nags him. He has an affair. She has an affair -- the common stuff you can read about in any Ann Landers column. But these are movie stars and we are supposed to care about them. I was impressed by all the surface beauty back in '67; today I forgot about these characters five minutes after the show was over. There's a lot of talent involved but I think the movie's value is of a charming, colorful period piece....more info
- A SAGITTARIUS ROMANCE*
Although some may find this delightful 1967 British film more than a little dated, it holds a special place in many hearts including mine. In the opening, Finney and Hepburn are driving in their Mercedes-Benz from England to the French Riviera. He's an architect, and they're driving to the home of Maurice Dalbret, the Frenchman who gave successful Finney his start. During the road trip, its obvious the marriage is headed for trouble. Flash Back time. Twelve years ago, Finney is a back-packing student looking at buildings and Audrey is among a bevy of female music students going to a festival. The happy times, the trials and tribulations and the whole gist of the film will appeal to many but not to others. (oh, well). I like it. Some felt that Hepburn was too old (7 years, to be exact) for Finney, but this is hardly a problem (wasn't Lucy older than Desi?). The usually fastidious Hepburn was dressed by Mary Quant, Paco Rabannne & Ken Scott: she even wears blue jeans! The stunning location scenes where filmed on location: St. Tropez, Paris, Nice and Beauallon. *If the viewer is or knows a true Sag, they know what I meant by the heading: I was born 5 December: at 42, it remains my passion to travel!...more info
- One of my 3 all-time favorite movies!
Q: "What kind of people don't talk while they're eating?" A: "Married people." And other memorable quotable lines. Charming people I cared about even when one or the other was behaving like a jerk. And the Mancini music unites all the scenes throughout the years. ...more info
- A must see---A must buy!
The past month I have been watching every Audrey Hepburn movie available on VHS... She has always been one of my favorite actresses, and 5 years ago I realized she was my all-time favorite: she has endeared herself to me in her most well-known films such as My fair Lady, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Roman Holiday (all of which I love).
But I have also been viewing her lesser-known films, such as The Nun's Story (excellent), Children's Hour (excellent), and -- most recently -- "Two for the Road."
When I first rented the movie, I had =no= idea what to expect, so at first I was a bit surprised and let down that the relationship that Hepburn's character (Joanna Wallace) has with the leading male is not all sweet and sugary such as that in Roman Holiday. In fact, the relationship she has with Albert Finney's character (Mark Wallace) is "basically volatile" -- as Wallace's friend and ex-lover points out -- and is filled with "sniping" and mutual loathing--at least by the time they have been married for ten years.
However, by the time the film was over, I realized it was the most realistic movie about the vicissitudes of long-term relationships that I had ever watched and that I would be recommending this little-known film to all my friends, especially my married and divorced ones (i.e., I think one has to have been married and/or divorced to =really= appreciate the film, although other reviewers have pointed out that they were single when they first viewed it and that it made a lasting impression on them).
I myself was married 2 weeks shy of 14 years (in a very volatile relationship), and to me this film is "spot on" when it comes to portraying the different phases that many long-term relationships go through: the first months of almost absolute bliss; the early, pre-child years, when the arguments that occur only presage later, more serious ones; the years when a child only adds stress to a relationship already at a breaking point; the 6th-8th year when the couple can't stand each other; [the whole 7-year itch factor]; to the 10th-12th year when the couple still cannot stand each other, only pretend to be happily married, but stay together because "it is worth it sometimes," and because they discover they need each other. As Finney's character wryly remarks: If there is one thing I really despise is an "indispensible woman."
I give "Two for the Road" 4 out of 5 stars. The performance by Hepburn is extraordinary--given that she convincingly plays the same woman, Joanna Wallace, over a 12-year period, varying between a 20-something fresh youth who is "three-dimensional as it happens" -- Viewers of the film will recognize that quote -- to a thirty-something mother-with-child ("pregnant sow").
The film abounds with such wry remarks, excellent editing (making the film a bit tricky to follow, but which in turn adds to the pleasure of mulitple viewing).
Other reviewers have mentioned that the scenes cut between four different "road trips" that Mark and Joanna Wallace make, but in my count there are at least five:
(a) the one where they first meet and fall in love when hitchiking;
(b) the one where they are newlyweds travelling with friends of Mark (the American couple with a bratty daughter);
(c) the one where they are in the "old MG" (and eventually meet Maurice, Mark's soon-to-be all-consuming employer);
(d) the one where they are travelling together with their own daughter: on the road and in the hotel where the boiled egg doesn't arrive;
(e) the one where they are travelling without their daughter, en route to meet Maurice; the trip that starts and ends the movie;
Hepburn's acting was superb, while Finney's was passable at best. His character hardly changes in appearance over the 10-12 years, and his imitation of Humphrey Bogart is weak and therefore unnecessary. Michael Caine would have been a better lead. But he does deliver his lines well if somewhat too laconically.
Memorable quotes abound from this film, as in Breakfast at Tiffany's (which remains my fav of Hepburn films)...
----"We agreed before we got married we weren't going to have children," says Finney's character.
----"And before we were married, we didn't," slyly retorts Hepburns' character.
The dialogue is as catchy as the editing and the acting.
4 out 5: Even though I am a huge Audrey Hepburn fan, and even though the movie is one of her best... still it is probably not (yet) in my top fifty movies of all time...well, maybe #50. (There are an awful lot of movies out there!)
But I would still say that it is the most realistic film about relationships that I have seen, and certainly the most realistic film about relationships that Hepburn stars in. And "star in" she does in "Two for the Road": as in most her movies, her personality and--in this case-- her superb acting *make* the movie. She plays the gamut of absolute giddyness to the depths of grief in a very believeable and touching manner.
I plan to purchase the film for multiple viewings. And it is a definite "must see" and "must have" for Hepburn fans....more info
- Time changes everything
This is a movie that has suffered the onslaught of time. I believe it was probably seen as avant garde when it came out but now it feels dated.
The performances are fine but the actual story has lost a lot of its bite because of changing moral values. Maybe this was one of the movies that ushered the change?...more info
- Classic Sixties Movie Magic!
Two for The Road is a true sixties comedydrama in every sense of the word. It is also one of the best roadmovies up to date. It is a funny, dramatic and an absolute pleasure to watch that will stay in your mind for some time.
Starring the lovely Audrey Hepburn and the funny Albert Finney, the story follows a married couple who's flame of relationship has burnt out. The marriage is on the rocks while flashbacks show how their relationship began while both were travelling through Europe.
The director, Stanley Donen (who also directed Hepburn in Funny Face (1956) and in Charade (1963)) has made a film that is a true masterpiece. The way the movie is cut and edited is absolutely fasenating and makes the film very great to watch. You will be swinging around from one situation to the next in absolute joy. The characters are great, the situations fun and the romance is delicious. Next to those comedic moments there is also a chunk of drama in the film. It fits perfectly and doesn't feel like it is unnecessary next to the comedy, which is another element that makes the film wortwhile to take a look at. The film is ballanced just fine and isn't hanging too much in one direction.
Considering artdirection the movie is true eyecandy. Beautiful, colorful locations are seen throughout the film with an even more beautiful Audrey Hepburn. This film made her the true fashion icon of the sixties. She is prefectly dressed in every single scene and made women all over the world want to be like her even more. Her acting is once again grand, you just can't go wrong with Hepburn. You'll be charmed and enchanted by her looks, personality and that big shiney smile.
Albert Finney plays Hepburn's husband, a fun role. He acts great and makes you love him or hate him in the various situations. He is believable even though he is pushing his performance to the beginning of being unbelievable, which brings great fun to watch and a memorable performance.
The music of the famous Henri Manchini (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Charade, The Pink Panter) is beautiful and fits the film perfectly. Emotions are made stronger, situations are made funnier and even more romantic then they already are by this fasenating soundtrack. The main theme will be playing in your mind for some time after seeying this film.
So the film is a true enjoyment for both eye and ear. It entertains you, wether by the story, locations, music, that lovely Audrey Hepburn or that funny Albert Finney. It wants you to travel with them and long to the sixties.
Two for the Road is a masterpiece that will leave you with that smile on your face that you want to have when looking for entertainment.
- loved this movie!
this is a very interesting movie. it tells the story of Hepburn's and Finney's relationship and marriage simultaneously; the past and the future. so, one minute they're showing their relationship when it was fresh, and happy, and then after 5-10 mins it cuts to their married life where things have changed. but it's not confusing or anything, the past and future scenes all relate to each other. like if they're in a restaurant when they were just dating, it will cut to a restaurant scene when they're married. the whole point of the movie is to show how time and married life changes a relationship. what i found intriguing was the way the camera cuts back and forth to tell the story. they really did a good job with that! i also enjoyed this because of the beautiful sights; they are in France and the scenery is so beautiful (the beaches, restaurants). And Albert Finney is about the most handsome man i've ever seen! so handsome!! i'm happy i watched this movie to have discovered him. audrey is still pretty but you can see she's aged and older. she's lost that youthful look. and she's very thin in this. i think she's too skinny. the stunning jacqueline bisset has a little role in it. you have to see her close-ups; that woman is just beautiful! i higly reccomend anyone to watch this movie. it's not groundbreaking or Oscar worthy (in my opinion; though it went on to win an Oscar), but it's a great movie to curl up and watch; entertaining, enjoyable and educates at the same time. ...more info
- comedic reality
I first saw this film when I was 17 years and loved every minute of it! So much so that my best friend and I snuck back into the theater and sat through the movie a second time(which was easy back then when your downtown area still had movie houses that only showed one film/night.) Not only was it funny, it also added a dose of reality to my romantic musings about love and marriage. I remember Ms. Hepburn's wonderful outfits and the hip, modern architecture(or so it seemed 35 years ago!) While styles have changed many times since the film's first release, the story is timeless - marriage requires committment and hard work. If only this film would be released on DVD.......more info
- Beautifully Rendered Postcards With a Peerless Audrey
I read in Danny Peary's "A Guide for the Film Fanatic" that some people have formed a strong emotional attachment to this 1967 film. I am one of them. From the opening notes of Henry Mancini's evocative score (personally I think it's his best work) to the end where the main characters drive off into Italy after some verbal sparring, this movie still provides the same pleasure it did when I first saw it on TV in the early seventies. "Two for the Road" is a time capsule of Carnaby Street fashion and French new wave scene juxtaposition, but it remains timeless in its emotionally piercing view of marriage and in the beguiling presence of Audrey Hepburn. There will unlikely be an actress with more style or grace on screen, and never has she seemed more sexy, playful or innately human. It's a shame she never played a role as rich in texture as Frederic Raphael's script provides here. His dialogue is sharp and insightful, as he has the main characters often repeat one another for the sake of getting a different meaning from the same line of dialogue.
As Joanna and Mark Wallace, Hepburn and Albert Finney get to live out more than a decade in their characters' lives from initial meeting to near-divorce. What makes the evolution more impressive is that the story is not a linear narrative but rather a series of five road trips that volley the viewer back and forth in the relationship. Finney provides a formidable match for Hepburn, and he plays with the right mix of roguish insouciance and insecure ambition that doesn't make his character always likeable but certainly believable. Their chemistry is palpable, especially in the early days of their courtship as the movie makes hitchhiking the most romantic of adventures with the couple cutting through the entirety of France in various vehicles in record time. Only in the movies. The episode with the pretentious American tourist couple and their bratty daughter provides some biting and funny moments...ironically, the actress portraying the wife, Eleanor Bron, is British. Not surprising that this movie was not such a huge hit stateside since the four Americans in the movie are portrayed in such an unflattering light.
Regardless, credit needs to go to director Stanley Donen (himself an American), who somehow pulls all these disparate elements together and uses his extensive Hollywood experience to bring a nice glossy sheen to the whole film. His third collaboration with Hepburn (after "Funny Face" and "Charade") really turns into a tribute to her as she makes a remarkable transformation from na?ve choirgirl to jaded jet-set housewife that goes well beyond the changing hairstyles and clothing. This is one to treasure.
**ADDENDUM ABOUT THE DVD RELEASE POSTED ON NOVEMBER 17, 2005**
At last!...This wondrous film has been lovingly restored for its much-delayed DVD release. The print quality has been significantly improved over the VHS tape I've had for over a decade. A nice bonus feature is a split-screen before-and-after short that shows the visual improvement. Best of all, there is finally an audio commentary track to accompany the film, and Donen provides illuminating insight on the elliptical narrative structure and the non-chronological juxtaposition of the scenes. He explains that the characters are reliving their memories by association with the feelings they are having in the present. His adoration of Hepburn is pervasive and understandable, as he claims rightfully that this was her best performance (they worked together three times). I just wish Finney was available to add his perspective. Moreover, if you ever wondered why the young Jacqueline Bisset's voice doesn't sound like her at all, he admits she was re-dubbed by another actress due to the blaring noise of generators during the location shooting. She apparently had already moved on to shoot her first Hollywood film. For those like me who adore this film, the DVD is a must-buy....more info
- Both style & substance
As a callow teenager, I didn't think much of this film. Now older & married, I appreciate it more & more each time I see it, discovering something new & insightful with each new viewing. Mark & Joanna seem like old friends to me now.
It's a fascinating piece of work, an intersection between the classic era of Hollywood filmmaking (then drawing to an end) & the fresh, experimental techniques of the 1960s. Does this make it a period piece? Well, it's certainly of its time ... but in a good way, as it embodies all the energy & vivid sense of life from that decade. And its somewhat golden, romantic glow is really timeless, since memories of the first days of love are so idealized & wondrous.
The cross-cutting between years is especially effective here, reinforcing the sense of memories under review, one leading to another in no particular order. The repetition of certain scenes & lines of dialogue, with VERY different emotional tones over the years, conveys the changes in this marriage succinctly & sharply.
And then there's the look of it! Audrey Hepburn & Albert Finney are both stunningly attractive, radiating beauty & sexuality with all the fire of the French sun above their heads. It's particularly good to see Hepburn playing a grown woman in all of her complexity -- while there was never a screen gamine to match hers, she was capable of so much more, and proves it here. Plus, she wears stylish clothes like a dream!
Some reviewers have complained about Albert Finney's portrayal of Mark -- self-centered, even brutal in his drive & confidence, so absolutely sure of his handsome irresistibility. But I think those are some of the qualities that attracted Joanna in the first place. She wanted someone to match her ... because of course she's just as aware of her own considerable qualities.
Does this make them shallow, self-absorbed? I don't think so. For any couple in love, especially in the prime of youth, there's really nobody else in the world -- certainly nobody else to match themselves. But as time goes by & a little more reality sets in, we see how they struggle & often stumble, trying to adjust to so many changes. Life has a way of overtaking the first blaze of romance, and not every marriage survives it.
And that's the question, after all. Can marriage survive the inevitabilities of growing up? "Two for the Road" explores that question in a meandering but surprisingly in-depth fashion. Along the way it provides us with a remarkable portrait of a couple, an era, and a classic style of filmmaking. The highly informative & entertaining commentary track by director Stanley Donen only adds to the pleasures of this film. Enthusiastically recommended!
- Sophisticated Sixties Sleeper very much of its time
Two for the Road is a 1967 comedy/drama about a marriage over a period of about 7 years (their first car has a Jan. 1960 sticker). The chronological juxtaposition is something reminiscent of "A Man and a Woman" as well as other French new wave films of the time. And the sophisticated take on marriage perhaps partially inspired by "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf". Audrey Hepburn gets to wear about 50 or so outfits mostly straight off the Carnaby Street racks. And it's interesting to see Albert Finney as the Alfie-type husband.
It's got some great comedy even if the recurring lost passport joke is too formulaic, and some highly sophisticated drama focusing on the problems of the marriage. And of course Henry Mancini's great score. ...more info
- Two for the Road
This smart, knowing romance projects director Donen's signature style, with Hepburn the essence of sixties chic, and Finney (in his prime) the epitome of a salty, rugged leading man. European locales and a memorable Henry Mancini score add the requisite zing to this mature, nuanced love story. William Daniels and Eleanor Bron are also memorable as another married couple who cause Joanna and Mark to examine the state of their own union....more info
- 60's classic
Vacation in France in six steps of the lives of relatively young married people. They go from hitch hiking to a Mercedes Benz in a space of a little over ten years. They have all the problems of modern marriages
and all the best of a very good relationship.
They actually seem to understand each other's faults.
I liked even though it is so a "chick flick"....more info
- A Life-Long Love Affair
I fell in love with this movie at age 14, when it played for several months at the Plaza Theatre in NYC, where I saw it no less than three times. Although, at that age, I was a little confused by the film's structure, in which scenes from four different stages of the marriage of Mark and Joanna, the main characters, are juxtaposed, I did understand and appreciate the film's basic theme, that passionate love is enduring and, seemingly irrationally, can survive even the boredom that is inevitable in a long relationship. The energy and intelligence of Finney and Hepburn give this quirky little film an added vitality and render the relationship of Mark and Joanna believable and even endearing. This may be a serio-comedic film, but like serio-comedic life, it is infused with joy. I loved it in 1964,and I love it now. Everyone who is a little quirky should buy it, because it captures the essence of something special and a little off-center -- whatever it is that keeps Mark and Joanna together -- that will never be outdated. ...more info
- Great price, fast shipping, mint condition
The DVD arrived in days, still in the plastic wrap with all original casings. Haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but everything looks perfect. Great price; quality buy. Could Audrey Hepburn be any more beautiful and endearing? ...more info