This trailer for THE ONE I LOVE is like a perfect retreat

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The romantic comedy genre has become staler than the sandwiches you can find hidden in the crevices of Darryn’s couch. This is mainly due to the fact that most of them don’t have screenplays as much as they have a list of predetermined story beats and tropes that they have to work their way through. It’s boring, frankly.

Which is why The One I Love is such an intriguing entry into the genre. And that’s not just because it stars the effortlessly charming Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) and the always interesting Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed, The Mindy Project). There’s also the film’s fascinating, surreal premise… Which I actually don’t have a damn clue about, and which this first trailer doesn’t shed any real light on either. And that’s real fascinating.

In an age when movies all but tell your their entire story before a single word of the opening credits has ever appeared on screen, a movie – and one set in arguably the most predictable of genres – that looks like it will actually surprise us, is definitely one to keep an eye on. But if that’s not enough, there are the testimonials from the people who have seen it, and can’t stop singing it’s praises. They just won’t tell you what it’s actually about.

On the brink of separation, Ethan and Sophie escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.

The One I Love is the feature film directorial debut of Charlie McDowell, son of Malcolm McDowell, and also stars Ted Danson. It is scheduled for a limited release on August 22, 2014.

Last Updated: July 22, 2014

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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