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This is one of the best films I have seen all year! It is just a shame that it hasn't gotten the huge audience that it deserves. I hope that my comments won't be the only ones posted on this great film.
"One" is about a young man, Charlie, just released from prison, and his relationship with his best friend, Nick, an ex-baseball player living at home with his parents. Though it may be simplistic in terms of plot, there is more than meets the eye. Both men are in transitional stages and each view their station in life very differently. Despite his criminal record and the restrictions it places on his life, Charlie aspires to be a teacher. He longs to begin his life afresh, and his motivations are genuine. Nick, on the other hand, foolishly quits his job as a garbage man in order to pursue a professional baseball career. What makes these two men different is what motivates them toward their respective goals. Charlie's motivation to be a teacher is intrinsic, while Nick's motivation to be a professional baseball player is extrinsic, in that he only sees a career in baseball in terms of profit.
What I really like about this movie is its unobtrusive style. As I was watching it in the theater, I had the feeling of watching a photograph develop. It lets you take in a little at a time, but you can't keep your eyes off it. Tony Barbieri's direction is very subtle, and full of depth. I really admired some of the evocative camera angles. There were several shots in the movie that place us, the audience, outside the scenes. For instance, the camera is positioned outside a door to a room where two characters are having a conversation. It made me feel like I was eavesdropping on someone. It also created a feeling of restriction. These shots were offset by a few others which place the characters in wide open spaces (a beach or a baseball field), which suggest potential for growth. Both of these themes (restriction and potential) are very much what "One" is about.
Again, I hope more people see this film and post their comments! I really hate being the only one up here! Please see "One" at your nearest theater while it is still playing. It will give you plenty to think about afterwards.
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