Movie Review: ‘The One I Love’ Starring Elizabeth Moss & Mark Duplass

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Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass have some terrific moments together in Charlie McDowell’s first feature, The One I Love.

And they should have these moments because it’s all them on screen. Except for an early appearance by Ted Danson as a semi-creepy couple’s therapist, it’s all Moss and Duplass.

They star as Ethan and Sophie, and they’ve just been sent to a vacation house by said therapist in a last ditch effort to save their marriage. They need to try and “reset the reset button” as Danson says to them.

And things start off just fine. A little wine, a nice dinner and some good conversation and things seem to be right on track.

Until things start to get strange and where, as Ethan yells, “weird Twilight Zone shit,” begins happening.

It’s hard to describe what happens next because that would just ruin any of the twists and turns that happens in the film. But, it centers on love and what happens when new love settles into the inevitable sameness of marriage.

There’s a lot to like about the film. First off are the performances by Moss and Duplass. With only two characters, the story could have easily been a bore. I mean, how many times have you watched a small indy film and fell asleep? Don’t worry about that here. These two wring out every comedic line, every nuance and small moment of angst, that you’ll wonder where time went when it’s over. Watching them is a class on acting and how to keep things interesting while moving the story forward.

McDowell and writer Justin Lader deserve props for this nicely told story. I can’t wait to see what McDowell comes up with next.

Directed by: Charlie McDowell

Written by: Justin Lader

Starring: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson

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