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786 Ratings

The One I Love

Directed by Charlie McDowell
United States, 2014
Comedy, Drama


Struggling with a marriage on the brink of falling apart, a couple escapes for the weekend in pursuit of their better selves, only to discover an unusual dilemma waiting for them.

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The One I Love Directed by Charlie McDowell

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best First Screenplay

San Francisco Film Critics Circle

2014 | Winner: Special Citation

The set-up of “The One I Love,” Charlie McDowell’s directorial debut, starringMark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss, is filled with tremendous possibilities, all of which are explored throughout the film. The set-up, reminiscent of some of Hitchcock’s films, works like a well-oiled stopwatch: once the situation starts, it cannot be stopped. The film unfolds with a sense of inevitability, and while the events are odd, they never lose their logic.
August 22, 2014
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Toward the end, however, what’s going on in the guest cottage suddenly becomes a lot more specific. This revelation retroactively makes sense of what had seemed like a flaw, which is that Duplass and Moss, at times, give performances that are in completely different registers… Trouble is, it also raises a ton of practical questions that undermine what had been the film’s primary theme.
August 21, 2014
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The modestly sized puzzler “The One I Love”… detonates a few bombs, but also keeps a few ticking until the end. The unpromising setup is as banal as someone else’s shrink session. What quickly pulls you in, though, are the appealing stars and mysterioso circumstances that their characters… are sucked into as the story morphs into a quagmire of narrative uncertainty, marital gamesmanship and speculative foolishness.
August 21, 2014
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