It’s half an hour past midnight and I just finished watching the digitally remastered version of Two for the Road. I’ve already made up my mind that I will get a copy of the DVD to own so I can keep watching it.
This is a movie for people who are falling in love, have been in love and have fallen out of love, and those still deeply in love at one point in their life somehow. It was agonizing watching the movie as you see Joanna (Audrey Hepburn) and Mark (Albert Finney) fall in love, almost fall out of love, and then stay in love through the challenges that their marraige faced.
It begins with the couple driving past a newly married couple, and they make a comment that the couple don’t look very happy. And then one says of course they’re unhappy — they just got married. It sets the tone for their present state, then the movie goes on to show us how they met and fell in love, and how they got to this bickering stage in their marraige.
It ends with a scene where the two talk about why they have stayed married and they then move to the scene where they are driving across the border from France and Mark loses his passport again (a staple in their relationship and which was the original reason they crossed paths..) Joanna fishes it out of her purse and tacks it onto the wheel as Mark frantically searches the trunk, and he finds it when he returns to the car to continue looking for it… He smiles and lovingly calls her “Bitch,” and she calls him “Bastard,” and they kiss.