Two for the Road

Two for the Road

DVD - 2005
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Joanna is in a touring girl's choir and Mark is a struggling architect when they first meet on the road in Europe. The film follows their life together - through courtship and marriage, infidelity and parenthood - all on the road.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2005]
Branch Call Number: DVD COMEDY TWO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 111 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
Aug 09, 2016

Stanley Donen’s remarkable film, highly experimental for the time, plays with our sense of time as it follows the rocky ups and downs of a relationship in crisis. More temporal montage than linear narrative, past and present merge seamlessly as memories take on a life of their own—at one point an older and unhappier Mark and Joanna driving a posh Mercedes-Benz pass their younger fiery selves on a French country lane, the latter putt-putting around in a broken down MG. Presented as a series of parallel road movies, their recollections provide an emotional minefield of sorts with romantic moments of bohemian abandon being punctuated by bitter tiffs and the odd affair. A brief driving holiday with a sickeningly bourgeois American couple and their horrid child provides some comic relief while holding up an uncomfortable mirror, and a pair of encounters at an ultra glam soiree proves to be a turning point—but which direction will Joanna and Mark take? Cool and oh-so hip from Hepburn’s mod 60’s outfits to its counter-culture message, Donen’s film could have become just so much arty pretension. But the passionate chemistry between Finney and Hepburn combined with Frederic Raphael’s Oscar-nominated screenplay and Henry Mancini’s beautiful orchestral accompaniments instead produce a strangely endearing dramatic comedy that sparkles as it bites.

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Charlie68
Mar 01, 2016

I enjoyed the driving through the French countryside in different vehicles. The multiple story lines I thought were delicately intertwined and made the viewer work. The ending I didn't find very satisfying.

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mswrite
Feb 18, 2016

A marvelous, romantic examination of grown-up love, or what happens in the years after the fairy-tale comes true (especially when the prince turns out to be a frog). Hepburn and Finney have a wonderful chemistry--but then the luminous Audrey Hepburn had chemistry with nearly every leading man with whom she was paired--and director Stanley Donen's juxtaposition of Mark and Joanna's past and present times gives their love story extra depth and poignancy. Watch for the gorgeous Jacqueline Bisset in a small role as an early rival of Joanna's for Mark's affection; and add to all this one of composer Henry Mancini's loveliest scores; now you have a "swinging sixties" Hollywood film of rare consequence, warmth and beauty.
Note: this DVD edition features a perceptive and characteristically witty commentary track from Donen--a major plus.

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coasting
Nov 02, 2015

I saw this many years ago and loved it. Took it out again and saw it in a completely different light. The hero was a complete boor, which was accepted in those days as quite normal masculine behaviour. I only watched for a short while but in that time the women were depicted as giggling idiots - that was enough. A period piece - men/women relationships of that era.

Missumuch Sep 11, 2013

THis was a good one but its sad in a way. Joanna gets what she wants but hewas extremely selfish. She puts up with his vanity. I think she is great in this...love the clothes.

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ostwald
Dec 13, 2012

I saw the movie and I had liked it
it was based on a true story this isnot
for children to watch

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

A couple, trying to rekindle a waning passion after twelve years of marriage, looks back on their relationship through a series of flashbacks of their trips.
Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney, Claude Dauphin, Nadia Gray, Georges Descrieres, .

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