The new film "The One I Love" stars Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss as a married couple whose relationship is on the rocks. They go to see a therapist, who suggests the two spend some time together at a vacation property, which has a guest house where some pretty strange things happen.
There are some big twists in the film — twists the filmmakers want to keep secret.
What we can reveal is that Mark Duplass' character is, in Duplass' words, "very multi-faceted." And "The One I Love" is a unique "Twilight Zone-esque" film worth seeing.
Here's the trailer:
Duplass is are so protective about the film's surprises, in fact, that he had to redirect his interview with Take Two. (Listen to the audio clip to hear Alex Cohen's interview with Duplass stop and then start again in a way that didn't spoil the plot.) So what could Duplass talk about?
On why “The One I Love” is a a movie that couldn’t have been made in mainstream Hollywood:
We live in a filmmaking system that tends to reward you for what you've done in the past and tends to ask you to keep doing that again. And so one of the reasons why I make movies the way I do — most of the things I act in are things I create and produce, so I can do the things I want to do. That being said, I think that the things I’m interest in — particularly the themes of relationships and interpersonal dynamics — tend not to be straight comedy or straight drama. [“The One I Love”] is a kind of funny, charming romantic comedy at times, as then it’s a very strange and twisted and almost “Twilight Zone”-like at times, and that allowed me to do lots of different things as an actor.
On whether the film’s protagonists should stay together or split up:
For all of its plot twists and crazy genre-bending, this is a movie about a couple struggling to figure out whether they should stay together or whether they should cut their losses and break up. And that was so exciting to me, to start with a couple that in our opinion was 50/50 — half of us felt, “You know what? They don't have kids they should just get divorced. You should never have to work that hard.” And the other 50 percent was saying, “You know what, man? Just stay in there and work it out and try to find that spark that’s kept you together in the first place.”
On similarities between this and a previous movie, “Safety Not Guaranteed”:
I think subconsciously when I’m making these sorts of relationship movies, I have a desire for them not to turn into another version of a late-70s Woody Allen movie where it’s just a couple on a couch, talking about their feelings. I’m constantly trying to find ways to divert the romantic comedy into different areas so it can stay fresh. In 2008, I did that with “Baghead” by sticking it inside a horror movie. And in “The Puffy Chair,” I stuck it inside a road movie. … For whatever reason, in the last couple of years I’ve been very interested in the fantastic, and I guess the element is magic realism is not a wrong way to describe what’s going on in “The One I Love” but also “Safety Not Guaranteed.” And that is exciting to me, where these sort of insane elements are happening in the atmosphere but the couple is ideally grounded in very real conflicts and scenarios that we deal with at home with our loved ones.