Best seen without any clues.The One I Love is directed by Charlie McDowell and stars Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss with a small part played by Ted Danson. And that’s it for the cast. The bulk of the film is about a couple taking a weekend away to try and work on their problems.
We open up with Ted Danson going through the motions of being a couple’s therapist. It isn’t going well. So he gives them a card and tells them to take the weekend. They drive to the Retreat, which is an estate with a large house, a pool, and a guesthouse. They have a good time exploring the grounds.
The two people aren’t exactly a happy couple. They harp and snipe at each other. Then things change. They’re nice and loving and act the way they used to in the good old days. It is at this point that we take a turn into the Twilight Zone.
The One I Love is a fun movie with a number of twists. We never find out why or how anything happens, we just have to go with it. The final twist is just the icing on the cake. The hauntingly lovely The Mamas & The Papas – Dedicated To The One I Love could have been easily replaced with the opening bars for The Twilight Zone theme.
The big questions are about love and choices. We all change over time. I read once that all men leave their wives so they will have someone new to tell their stories to. I don’t know if that’s true, but it makes as much sense as other reason.The One I Love isn’t exactly science fiction, we never see any Science, unexplained things just happen. It’s more fantasy and fairy tale. It reminded me of one of the Simpson’s Halloween Specials. The story was tight and you didn’t have enough time to ask too many questions. I liked it a lot.