Friday, April 27, 2007

Two For the Road turns 40

Forty years ago today, Two For the Road was released. While it sadly didn't do well in theatres then, it has since found a revival in the videotape and DVD age. I personally received it on tape 7 years ago as a birthday present (along with everything else Audrey had available then -- ah, what a birthday!) and it took me a little while to love that film. Two For the Road is the sort of film that you can only appreciate when you've had some of your own heartache to season the movie to your liking. It's a more mature film, about a real relationship, and shows a sharp departure from any of Audrey Hepburn's other films. While the vast majority of her films ended with the two leads falling into each other's arms with an implied "and they lived happily ever after," Two For the Road mainly shows what happens after the glitter has worn off and real life has settled in. It was drastically different film for Hollywood at the time specifically because it said there was no such thing as happily ever after, and that a marriage was something that needed constant work -- and even then it could still crumble. Filmed at a crossroads in Audrey's own life, it feels like she was able to open up a whole different side of herself to the camera, which really makes this a film that you must see.

If you can, please give this film two tries. The first is to just watch the movie as it is. Sit on it a while, and go through life. Come back to it later and watch it again, and parallel it to your own life. If you've ever been in a serious relationship, I guarantee you will see parts of yourself in it, and this film will settle in your heart and never leave. The older I get, the more I appreciate Two For the Road and the more it means to me. Ideally, it will affect you the same way.

currently listening to the Two For the Road soundtrack

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