Ethan and Sophie have been married for awhile now but they've lost nearly all passion in their relationship. On the brink separation, the couple takes the advice of their therapist, escaping to a beautiful vacation home for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic retreat quickly turns into a surreal sci-fi journey into the unknown which forces both Ethan and Sophie to re-evaluate their relationship. Charlie McDowell's The One I Love is a wholly unique romantic dramedy that uses science fiction ideas to its advantage, delivering a keenly observant relationship drama. For those who don't want the film spoiled, stop reading now, because The One I Love is a film very hard to discuss without giving things away. The One I Love uses this sort of faux-alternate reality approach to display the intricacies of a relationship, capturing the lack of trust, insecurities, and selfishness that usually lead to failed relationships. Both Ethan and Sophie engage with alternate versions of their significant others, versions that tell them exactly what they want to hear, with the film unfolding with even more twists at the end that effectively capture relationship dynamics in a unique and fascinating way. The One I Love is an impressive mind-bender that works on multiple levels, being a fun scifi thriller and nuanced relationship drama.
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