Two for the Road is a 1967 film, directed by Stanley Donen and starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney.Somewhere in the '60s, British Mark and Joanna both made a trip to the south of France, without knowing each other.They subsenquently met there for the first time, and Love ensued. Later on, while remaining together and then as a married couple,they travelled back in the same places accross the south of France, facing various situations as their feelings towards each other evolved.The movie literally bounces between pieces of a relationship in an Anachronic Order, emphasizing many aspects of how a man and a woman travel, and live together, during all those years.
Two for the Road provides examples of:
- Anachronic Order: The situation keeps jumping through time with no predefined order, giving more and more details about the whole relationship as the movie progresses.
- Beta Couple: Howard and Cathy Manchester.
- Bilingual Bonus: Par-ci, par-là.
- The City vs. the Country: They mostly don't visit any cities. The scenery is mostly countryside, woods and small villages.
- Entitled to Have You: Mark behaves this way, but puts it to question after Joanna cheats on him.
- French Jerk: Not completely jerks, but surely greedy, self-centered or dorky.
- Idle Rich: The Manchester family with whom they travel and Maurice, Mark's boss.
- Love Confession & Love Epiphany: Joanna is already in love, but Mark suddenly considers it when she tells him.
- Love Triangle: A minor one, before they get together, and a major one later, almost leading to divorce.
- Relationship Upgrade: After meeting several times by chance (on the ferry, on the road, hitchhiking), Joanna shows up from behind a roadsign and they finally get together.
- Rich Boredom : They seem to be facing it when they travel the first time but then, it seems to be the reason they travel back to france too. Repeatedly.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: The American Manchester family, as a criticism of establishment, with the Spoiled Brat.
- Road Trip Plot: There's no true origin point nor any destination, but the plot follows the roads of France.
- Running Gag: Mark keeps losing or forgetting his passport. But Joanna has it, so they can move on.
- Say My Name: When Mark and Joanna don't shout each other's names or address this way, other characters do.
- Spoiled Brat / Lonely Rich Kid: "Oh, Ruthie". See Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense.
- Trademark Favorite Food : Mark seems to have a thing for French apples.
- Upper-Class Twit: Again, the Manchesters.