When Ethan is browsing the computer late in the film, he discovers a number of folders, each bearing the names of a couple who have visited the retreat. One of them is "Ted & Mary," a reference to husband & wife (and relatives of the director) Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. See more »
Sophie takes a bottle of wine with her left hand, and the next shot shows her taking it with her right hand. See more »
So, we met at a party, and... it was magic. Within a half-hour we were driving up into this really nice neighborhood, and we were running down the stairs of some strangers back yard, and then we were swimming, and we were in love. What we didn't count on was that even though the lights were off, the owner of the home was there. And he came out screaming at us, and it was the greatest night of my life.
[they run and jump into the pool]
[continuing his story]
So me ...
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Works for about 45 minutes, but can't sustain a feature running time
The One I Love isn't the easiest film to review without giving too much away, so I'll be brief with the details. A couple who are coming apart at the seams, are given a getaway destination by their therapist to heal their relationship and rekindle their passion for one another -- but this is no ordinary destination. In what would be a great short film or half hour TV slot, this runs completely out of steam by the 45 minute mark and drags its repetitive corpse with its thin narrative threads to the feature finish line. It tries to deconstruct a failing relationship with a clever gimmick, but has nowhere to go but in circles and just becomes obnoxious. This feels more like a filmmaking exercise than an actual film and Moss and Duplass don't feel believable as a couple - there's little content for them to work with and they can't outwit a gimmick that has nowhere to go.
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