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Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass Are Great in 'The One I Love' And That's All I Can Tell You About the Film

By Dustin Rowles | Film | August 7, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Film | August 7, 2014 |

The One I Love stars Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. They play a married couple, but their marriage is troubled. They seek the assistance of a marriage counselor, played by Ted Danson, who recommends a weekend retreat in a cottage where he frequently sends couples. It has very good results.

That is all I can tell you about the plot of The One I Love, because all the ensuing revelations in the film should be experienced rather than described. I will only say that it’s a film about identity, and about who we are, and how others perceive us, and how we perceive ourselves, and all the gaps between perceptions and realities.

That’s all I will say, except knowing that there is a twist you don’t want to have spoiled is maybe the best way to sell the film. In fact, after Screencrush’s interview with Mark Duplass — in which Mike Ryan was forbidden from talking about the movie or the twist — I immediately downloaded it on iTunes, where you can rent it (for $10) or own it (for $15) ahead of its theatrical release.

I wanted to know what the twist was, damnit.

It was worth the $15 to own it, although I am sure there are places online where you can have it spoiled for you for free. Your loss.

Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss are terrific in it. It’s a very clever film. It’s both engaging, amusing, and at times a little annoying. It’s the first feature film from both screenwriter Justin Lader and director and Charlie McDowell, and Charlie Kaufman would be proud of them both.

It’s on VOD and ITunes now. I will say no more.