A departure from Hollywood musicals for director Stanley Donen, Two For the Road is one of the most mature films of his career. Donen skillfully cuts between multiple, interwoven flashbacks in an attempt to create a palpable feeling of passing time over the course of one marriage. For the most part, the director properly balances both the serious and comic aspects of the script. The film's sweeter moments give an uncommon depth to the more dramatic sequences. The performances help immensely: Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn are both very human as man and wife, and they have a distinct chemistry together. Hepburn particularly stands out in the character's older scenes.