Two for the Road is a 1967 film starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney. If you were to sum up the totality of the film up into one sentence you could simply say ‘it’s about a marriage.’ That would be doing the film a disservice though as it is really about so much more.
‘Relationship’ seems to be a more apt word for what the movie deals with; even though they are married it just does not seem concise enough. In the film, Hepburn and Finney are a couple whose marriage is failing. And as the film progresses we are treated to the ups and downs they go through as the story jumps backwards and forwards in time. We, the viewers are shown how they met and what happens during their lives to get them to the point they are at when the film starts. If there was ever a movie that rang more true to life as a married couple, I have yet to see it. Perhaps Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf or A Streetcar Named Desire come close, but this film seems more so.
Frederic Raphael wrote the screenplay and it’s on of those rare gems that makes you jealous and envious that you yourself did not write it. And realizing the script on screen was Stanley Donen who could not have done a better job. It was beautifully filmed and whether it was the writer, the director or producer who chose to tell this story in a non-linear format was a genius because it would not have worked as well if it had been.
Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney should have been nominated for Oscars as they played their parts to perfection. Hard to imagine that Finney whom we see in films today was ever as young as he was in this picture, and yet he was quite the handsome guy and Hepburn was as radiant and beautiful as ever. Their performances are so strong, and yet understated that you believed in who they were playing every second on the screen. They utterly captivate you and draw you in and it makes this film so much the better for it. William Daniels is also quite humourous in a supporting role bringing a little comedic relief when needed.
This is drama at its finest. Powerful and moving so watch it, absorb it and hopefully come away with the same feeling as I did.
5 out of 5