Over the years, I’ve become a huge fan of Mark Duplass. The League is one of my all-time favorite TV shows, but he’s also done amazing work in movies like Safety Not Guaranteed, The Puffy Chair, True Adolescents and behind the scenes on Jeff Who Lives At Home.
I can’t think of many other actors who can be crass and awful in one part and then so emotionally devastated (and devastating) in another. So, any time one of his movies pops up on Netflix Instant, I get excited.
At some point along the line I saw the trailer for The One I Love, which also stars Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss and Ted Danson. I only remembered that this couple goes to a secluded property on vacation and some weird stuff starts happening, like Twilight Zone-level stuff.
I could go into more details on the subject, but I really think the less you know about the film, the better, but this trailer should give you enough to know whether you’d dig it or not.
Without getting into the nitty gritty of the larger story, the smaller bits revolve around Duplass and Moss, a married couple who have been having a hard time lately and discover that their supposed retreat includes an uncanny guest house with seemingly supernatural properties that may or may not exist to help with their marriage. As the story progresses you not only learn more about these two — including the major source of their problems — but also the rules and boundaries of this mysterious manor.
I loved how I got bits and pieces as the movie progressed. I found myself wanting to know the rules while also feeling really worried about these two people, which is something I can’t say about many other stories. Hitting my mythology-loving buttons at the same time as my relationship ones is fairly uncharted territory. Duplass and Moss get huge mountains of credit for this as do writer Justin Lader and director Charlie McDowell who do a stellar job of taking what might seem like an Outer Limits episodes and filling it with heart and care, but also mystery and intrigue. These are two filmmakers I will definitely be keeping an eye on going forward.