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The One I Love 2014 R CC

(281) IMDb 7.1/10
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A married couple (Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss) find their relationship and very existence put to the test in this wickedly inventive romantic comedy.

Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Charlie McDowell
Starring Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss
Supporting actors Ted Danson, Kiana Cason, Kaitlyn Dodson, Lori Farrar, Marlee Matlin, Tim Peddicord, Ryan Pederson, Brett Bietz, Sean O'Malley, Mary Steenburgen, Drew Langer, Jennifer Spriggs, Charlie McDowell, Mel Eslyn, Jeremy Mackie, Liz Lash
Studio Radius
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 4, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
If one were to simply judge The One I Love based on trailers, cast, and even the film's title, it would probably look like the just another small budget dramedy built for the festival circuit. And that would be a fair guess; Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass have made their share of such films and its position as a Sundance favorite seemed like a natural for the genre. But they say never to judge a book by its cover, and quickly into The One I Love it becomes clear there is so much more here than meets the eye.

Indeed, this is a film that explores a crumbling relationship between Ethan (Duplass) and Sophie (Moss), their marriage having reached the point where one barely recognizes the other. We learn early on that Ethan betrayed Sophie's trust and things have never been the same since, and at the suggestion of their therapist (Ted Danson) they head out to a country retreat of his choosing. It's only for a weekend but supposedly that is all most couples have ever needed there, and for a time it seems to be working. In such a beautiful, idyllic landscape it's easy to tap into that youthful energy and passion again. But a night of romantic bliss turns out to be more tangible for one that it is for the other, and it's just the start of a series of really strange occurrences that put their love to the test.

This is one of those cases where you don't want to have anything spoiled because, all evidence to the contrary, this is a film that combines paranormal, sci-fi, and mystery elements to a masterful degree. Director Charlie McDowell (the son of Malcolm McDowell) and writer Justin Lader use these elements plus a healthy dose of comedy to look at how people change over the course of a relationship, and how that often can drive a wedge between them.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 2, 2014
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This twisting and turning romantic drama may be a tad superficial, but it is most entertaining in the moment. The storyline is hard to describe without spoilers, but it begins with Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss), their relationship strained by his cheating, traveling to a beautiful retreat endorsed by their psychiatrist, played in a brief role by Ted Danson. At the picturesque estate, there is a swimming pool, an orange grove, and a guesthouse. It is in the guesthouse where mysterious, strange incidents test Ethan and Sophie's understanding of reality and provide them with an unexpected insight into the evolution of their relationship. This film recalls the oeuvre of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman in the way it uses a mind-bending high concept to explore the human condition and themes of devotion and pain. It shares Kaufman's playful sense of down-is-the-new-up humor as it toys with the audience's perceptions and expectations, though it does not hold together as perfectly as, say, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as more of its cards are revealed in the third act nor are its characters' arcs as resonant. This is no fault of the stars, however. Duplass and Moss are an attractive, down-to-earth, and well-matched duo. Both their arguments and flirtations ring true. He has an easy, modestly neurotic charm, and her screen presence is light, adorable, and laced with a wistful feeling. Together, they breathe a reasonable amount of tense life into characters who could have simply functioned as game-board pieces.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. McGinley on August 15, 2014
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After I made the decision to stick with this, it evolved into something that fascinated me. Don't waste a lot of time and effort trying to figure it out while you're watching it. As with the metaphor in the film of the animal in the dark room when the lights are suddenly turned on, try to simply let the experience flow over you.

Keep in mind that love - and humans and their experiences and attitudes (and, very importantly: their expectations) about love - has limitless facets. It's similar to looking through a kaleidoscope: you begin with one form and it continues to change shapes and colors. If you can apply that to relationships, you can begin to see that concept in this film.

Trying to understand the "How" this happened to our two characters isn't truly all that important, and it can actually be detrimental to enjoying it. Just go with the thought that we as humans are not singular beings with respect to our personalities. We are in a continual state of changes and, hopefully, positive growth. And this condition often serves to make it difficult - if not impossible - to truly understand our partners, because as they change, so do we. And, upon occasion, to the point where we suddenly feel that we're with a completely different person than we originally thought.

If you can find this idea interesting, then it's likely you'll find some value in watching this movie. However, what it "means" will be up to your personal interpretation….. and that's going to vary considerably among the viewers.

On the negative side, it can be a little slowly paced and somewhat repetitive - so if you're in the mood for something that moves right along with a bit more action and quicker dialogue, you'll probably want to look for something else at the moment.

If I ever work out *how* this could happen with respect to the actual laws of physics, Einstein and I will let you know!
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