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Movie Review: The One I Love

  • Adam Douglas

A few days ago I finally sat down to watch the movie The One I Love starting Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass and Ted Danson on Kanopy. The synopsis of the movie is as quoted…

On the brink of separation, Ethan and Sophie escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal, when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future. – TMDB

Now I do admit the synopsis is not entirely intriguing but, the movie trailer (YouTube, Invidious) had me hooked to watch it. I felt the movie would provide perspective I may have not seen before or thought of on the topic of relationships and marriage. It seems lately I’ve been on a journey of opening my eyes to other ways of living and how to approach various challenges in life. I seem to be very caught up in wanting to learn more about perception of one’s life’s relationships and experiences.

The movie has a unique approach I’ve not seen exactly before on depicting a married couples relationship from each partner’s perceptions, expectations and desires. Showing each partner Ethan and Sophie as they explore their relationship and figure out how to save their marriage. I felt the movie had some under tone reference to the movie The Stepford Wives (1975). I won’t say specificity as that would give away both movies for those that may not have watched them yet.

Some have said that the movie is annoying because the scenes are too repetitive along with the dialogue. I however disagree as I feel this was entirely on purpose and necessary. The entire storying being told is deliberately laid out to be a paradox. That is the nature of relationships at times and the point or perspective the director I believe was trying to get across to the viewer. I also believe the movie was intended to provoke the viewer to think about relationships. This is a powerful thing that can provoke positive change and cause people to start talking. If you want to learn more about relationships, marriage and the complexity it can bring I recommend given this movie a watch.

This is post 3 of 100, and is round 2 of the 100 Days To Offload challenge.

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