The new film, The One I Love, starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass opened on Friday, August 22nd. I actually saw this film back in April at the Sarasota Film Festival. At that time, the film was so new that there wasn’t even a film poster available. As long as I am looking backwards – there was no trailer available back then either. I had to illustrate the review with stills that I pulled from the one available clip. But now that the film is officially released complete with a film poster and a trailer…
… I’ve decided to reprint the review, with two pieces of new information. At the time (April 13th, 2014) that I watched this film and reviewed it, I had not seen even one episode of Mad Men. Adding to that fact, I must also admit that I hadn’t watched very much of The West Wing. But for all of the past 11 days, I have been playing catch-up or said another way, I’ve been immersed, for the last 11 days, in watching the Mad Men series. As of this morning, I am at Season 6, Episode 7. This morning, as I was driving to Morton’s, a food emporium here in Sarasota, I heard a brief interview with Elisabeth Moss on the radio, and it was in this interview that I learned that in The West Wing, Moss had played the daughter of President Bartlet. She appeared in 25 episodes over the 7 seasons the TWW ran.
Seeing that Moss was born in 1982, making her 32, that means that almost half of her life has been spent on just these two TV series. Now that I’ve seen Moss as Peggy Olsen in Mad Men, her performance in The One I Love is seen in a different light. But I digress. Forthwith, here is the review as published on April 13th, 2014.
The Closing Night Feature Film at the 2014 Sarasota Film Festival was The One I Love. Directed by first-timer Charlie McDowell, and written by feature film first timer Justin Lader, the film is basically a two-hander starring Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake, Mad Men, Darling Companion) and Mark Duplass (The Mindy Project, Zero Dark Thirty, Darling Companion & Your Sister’s Sister). Acting vet Ted Danson has a small role as a marriage therapist.
Now this is a very, very new film. There’s not a poster, nor a trailer to be found. But there is a clip out there. Prior to Sarasota, the film has screened only at Sundance this past January. Further festivals on the horizon include Newport Beach, Tribeca, Montclair, and San Francisco. So the film makers will be on the move.
By the way, all the images that you’ll see in this review, with the exception of the one above this line, and the newly minted film poster – are stills pulled from the clip.