Joanna and her architect husband, Mark Wallace have been married for a decade, and their relationship’s become very rocky. As they drive from their London home to St. Tropez for the unveiling of a house Mark has designed for his clients, Maurice and Francoise Dalbret, they recall the events – both happy and sad, which neither then to this point. Told in flashback they pair recall their first meeting, and memorable moments in their courtship and early wedded life, as well as the tensions they both felt which led them each to extramarital affairs. With a terrific score by Henry Mancini, this welli-loved Stanley Donnen film’s a sparkling effervescent story which deals in an atypical way for films of this time – showing both the joyousness and pathos off love.
This is my favorite movie of all time. I just saw it 2 weeks ago, and I’ve already watched it about 7 times. The way that Mark and Joanna’s relationship is displayed through the time changes is excellent, and while you’d think that keeping track of the time would be difficult, it’s actually quite simple if you look at the hair and the attitudes of the couple. Audrey Hepburn is magnificent, one of her best performances ever, and Albert Finney is charming as her workaholic husband. The Maxwell-Manchesters are hilarious, especially the little girl Ruthie. Audrey is the bored wife, trying to save the 12-year marriage, while Albert is the overworking, bad tempered husband. The movie takes you through their three trips, the first when their love affair began, the second when she is pregnant with their first child, and the third when their marriage is beginning to fail. Their love is displayed wonderfully, and anyone can see that Hepburn and Finney were in love in real life, too. The music is beautiful, I love how it’s played all throughout the movie. I think that it’s one of the best parts of the whole movie, but there wasn’t a moment when I wasn’t completely wrapped up in what was going on. This is a classic, and I can’t believe I’d never heard of it before I accidently picked it up at the video store. Anyone who is married (or who’s looking for some laughs) should definitely watch this movie, it’s a must-see.