Friday, August 29, 2014

Film Review The One I Love

The One I Love | Movie Review by Anne Brodie

The One I Love
Directed by Charlie McDowall
Starring Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass

Rating: 3.5/5
The One I Love begins in the therapist’s office. Ethan and Sophie (Duplass and Moss) are seeking help for their fast fizzling marriage and while the polite polish is there, her anger is just below the surface. The therapist (Ted Danson) suggests they go to a certain cottage in the country, away from it all, where they can reignite the spark that first brought them together. He says other patients have emerged from similar weekends rejuvenated and passionate.
They arrive at their destination, an idyllic American Gothic compound dressed in the latest upscale country d├ęcor, bathed in sunlight and surrounded by rose bowers and magical gardens. Tentatively they begin to relax and before long she can stand to have him touch her. But just for a moment or two.
They’re palpably uncomfortable. We aren’t told why their marriage is in trouble – just a hint dropped but we can certainly feel their estrangement, and that he is trying to make up for something. Sophie’s simmering hostility is well camouflaged but she is smoking a lot of cigarettes and joints.
Sophie hears strange noises in the big cottage one afternoon and casually mentions it to Ethan in the next room. She goes into the guest house to find the source of the noise but she finds somehow Ethan has beaten her there and has crashed out on the couch.
They begin to flirt with one another. Maybe they’re making progress. He has a similar experience, running into Sophie in unexpected places and before long they’re having sex. It’s been years.
Their encounters are too frequent and loaded to ignore. What’s happening?
They’ve stumbled into a parallel universe of some sort, with exact duplicates of one another. It becomes clear that they’re not having sex with each other, but with people – or something – who look and act and move just like them.  ... 


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