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“The One I Love” by Charlie McDowell (2014)

Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss are a young couple on the crossroads who attend a therapy. Their shrink advises them a retreat in a house at an unspecified location.

They reluctantly agree and part for a short trip to a beautiful faraway location where they deal with each other, each other’s expectations and fears.

What they go through and the way things go, is the most significant strength of this feature film.

It makes one think for a long time afterwards on what exactly happened there.

Smooth acting, improvised dialogues provide an artsy experience that is less literal and more emotional than one would expect.

A recommend.


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Your Sister’s Sister by Lynn Shelton (2011)

Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt play half sisters (Iris and Hannah) and Mark Duplass is the guy who stands between them (Jack).

The story is so twisted that it surely is taken from life, as had it been written for a film it would not sound credible (I’m not wrong, am I?). Jack’s brother Tom used to be involved with Iris, but he died. Therefore (skewed logic somehow?) Jack fell in love with Iris (Emily Blunt). Given he never told her, they are just friends and she sends him off to her father’s house on a deserted island for him to seek solitude. Obviously she is also in love with him. And unbeknowingly to her, the sis is there as well. The guy and the sis spend the night together, the next morning Iris appears and it turns out the big sister is a lesbian, but she wanted to get pregnant.

Should I go on?

OK, jokes aside – the above scenario is so absurd that I am not sure what to focus on. Maybe let’s try the genre?

Is it a social drama? Buddy movie? Comedy? Woody Allenesque comedy of errors? Hardly any of the mentioned I’m afraid. Maybe a rom com? It seems not kitchy enough.

It seems to be a film created in a parallel system to the mainstream or non-mainstream American cinema. It is a third dimension somehow.

Great lighting, cinematography, awkward costume design, realistic interior design.

Convincing acting – apparently a lot of it was improvised and unscripted.

The situations depicted are annoying to the extent I would like to interact with the characters and try to persuade them to behave a bit more reasonably. I hated this film to the extent of laughing at the dialogues – but perhaps that was a reflexive reaction proving how dangerously close to life Shelton brought the situations? In real life we don’t talk to other people, to those closest to us, least about our emotions, about how we feel, what we feel, right?

I feel I could live without having watched this film. But perhaps it would help some couples who hide their feelings from themselves to go watch it and undergo some sort of communicative catharsis? Not sure.

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