Romantic comedies that contain supernatural elements aren’t exactly the norm this day and age. It is an interesting hybrid but it just isn’t seen very often. The charming indie The One I Love does manage to strike this offbeat balance and the results are actually pretty decent. Producer and star Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed, The Puffy Chair) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, Listen Up Philip) form a cute pair in this film and the on-screen adventure they share is definitely worth checking out.
The One I Love focuses on Ethan (Duplass) and Sophie (Moss), an adorable married couple in the middle of a major crisis. Their relationship is on the rocks and their marriage counselor (played by the always reliable Ted Danson) sends them on a trip to a house in a secluded area, where they can hash out their problems in a new setting. Once there, however, the couple comes across their doppelgangers in a bizarre Twilight Zone-like scenario. To say the least, things get weird as Ethan and Sophie confront their “other selves” and try to make their marriage work simultaneously.
Films like The One I Love don’t come around too often and that’s a shame because this is a really fun and thought-provoking picture. The two leads come face to face with alternate versions of themselves and it is through this interaction that Ethan and Sophie literally come face to face with their problem. Quirky, inventive and at times, utterly ridiculous, The One I Love is a dramedy unlike no other. Green screen technology was also used for the film’s kooky visual effects.
Newcomer screenwriter Justin Lader has painted a really vivid picture with this film and each moment of dialogue covers a wide range of emotion. This is enhanced, of course, by the absolutely fantastic chemistry between Duplass and Moss. They each dedicate themselves to their roles fully and together, they truly make movie magic. With all the struggles and joys associated with marriage, these two actors fully embody a married couple.
Another aspect of The One I Love worth mentioning is the film’s mystical and occasionally creepy score, composed by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans (Enemy, Martha Marcy May Marlene), the music in the film also draws out the off kilter tone and compliments the visuals perfectly. Now out on Blu-ray, this film would be an ideal addition to any fan of the indie dramedy’s collection because this movie sums up the genre excellently. Hopefully, we will see more of Duplass in the near future because he is a very interesting actor. He’s nerdy and hipstery but not annoying. The same can be said for Moss, who is just cute as a button. Together, these two have provided audiences with a film that is not only funny and out there but leaves a lasting mark. The strange and unusual vibe The One I Love strikes may not be for everyone but it’s certainly entertaining for some.
Blu-ray Bonus Features
There is a feature commentary with director Charlie McDowell and Mark Duplass and there is a visual effects reel which sheds some light on the technical wizardry used in the film.