The One I Love (2014) – Encore Review


“Basically, first he betrayed you by sleeping with someone else and, and then he kind of betrayed you by sleeping with you. ” – Ethan II

Number of Times Seen – 2 (8 Sep 2016 and 6 Aug 2017)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A couple trying to repair their broken marriage go away to a secluded house to try and make things right but while there encounter a strange phenomena.

My Take on it – When Chet and Rodney of Down the Hall Podcast told me that this film was gonna be their next film discussed, I decided to rewatch it in order to get a fresh take on this film.

The idea presented here is great and it works so well mainly due to the fact that the characters are developed well enough for us to care and be able to relate to them.

This film is a perfect example of a small budget film that is able to accomplish so much since it has a very novel and innovative premise that is simple on the one hand yet gets a bit more complex when one adds to the fold the idea of it being a sci-fi film.

This film is completely driven by its dialogue and therefore makes it quite imperative to follow along the whole time in order to make sure you don’t accidentally miss any parts of it that would make it too confusing.

The plot is solely moved along by the conversations of the characters because it all takes place in basically one setting.

The best part about this kind of film is that they don’t even attempt to try and explain to us how and why the sci-fi aspect is even there.

They let us try and come to our own conclusion about everything that happens as things move along.

That helps even more because it keeps so many thing ambiguous which allows people to come to different conclusions instead of there being a simple clear cut answer to everything that has transpired.

The acting by Mark Dupless and Elizabeth Moss is superb and they both easily assume these very intricate roles that they must play.

Bottom Line – Very interesting idea that works most of the time because the characters are so great. Perfect example of a small budget film that works so well because the premise is so novel. The fact that this is completely dialogue driven makes it imperative to follow quite carefully because so much of the plot is moved forward solely by the conversations between the characters. Loved the way that they don’t really try and explain the sci-fi elements of it all and let us try and come to our own conclusions as things move along. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  In the therapist’s office, several clocks are shown, including a chess clock. All of the clocks and both faces on the chess clock show a different time. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (no change from original review)

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