THE ONE I LOVE

"Strange Retreat"

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What You Need To Know:

THE ONE I LOVE is about a troubled married couple, who follow their counselor’s advice to take a special weekend retreat. Ethan and Sophie are struggling in their marriage because Ethan committed adultery. They square off against one another in their therapy session with a counselor who seems kind and caring. The counselor suggests they spend a weekend at a retreat house he runs. When they arrive at the lovely house in the middle of nowhere, no one’s there. They are forced to face each other alone, until a stunning plot twist occurs.

THE ONE I LOVE is not just a romantic comedy, but an unpredictable mystery, science fiction story as well. To pull off its surprises, the movie uses two actors in double roles and a minimum of settings and effects. As such, it engages the mind and inspires some solid laughs in addition to provoking debate about marriage and relationships. Extreme caution is advised, however, for brief foul language, marijuana use and mature themes. Also, the ending of THE ONE I LOVE is left somewhat unresolved, which may frustrate some viewers.

Content:

(RoRo, B, C, L, S, DD, M) Strong Romantic worldview, redeemed slightly by depiction of a troubled married couple striving to save their marriage and be faithful to each other, but their marriage counselor is revealed to be duplicitous; five “f” words; no violence; implied fornication/intercourse and discussion in therapy session about husband’s past incident of infidelity; no nudity; no alcohol use; no tobacco smoking but marijuana use in one scene and a reference to past Ecstasy use; and, deception and married couple has a troubled relationship they’re trying to fix.

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THE ONE I LOVE is about a troubled married couple, who follow their counselor’s orders to take a special weekend retreat, only to find that things start to turn very, very strange. THE ONE I LOVE has a fairly strong Romantic worldview redeemed somewhat by its depiction of the couple striving to save their marriage and be faithful to each other.

Ethan and Sophie are struggling in their marriage because Ethan committed adultery. They square off against one another in their therapy session with a counselor who seems kind and caring. The marriage counselor suggests they spend a weekend at a retreat house he runs.

When they arrive at the lovely house in the middle of nowhere, no one’s there. They are forced to face each other alone, until a stunning plot twist occurs.

[SPOILERS FOLLOW] When each of them wanders out of the property’s main house and into a smaller home on the grounds, they see what appears to be their spouse in the other building. When they meet up again in the main house, the opposite partner who didn’t leave the big house doesn’t remember a thing that was supposedly said and done by them in the small house. Ethan doesn’t even remember making love to his wife in the small house, a fact that drives her crazy.

What they come to realize is that each of them has a mysterious double or clone in the small house, and that that other person is like an improved version of their real selves – more playful and happy, and more attracted and attractive. Once they convince each other that they both have seen their respective doubles, they set out together to figure out what is happening and why.

THE ONE I LOVE is not just a romantic comedy, but an unpredictable mystery and science fiction story as well. To pull off its surprises, the movie uses two actors in double roles and a minimum of settings and effects. As such, it engages the mind and inspires some solid laughs, in addition to provoking debate about marriage and relationships. Extreme caution is advised, however, for brief foul language, depicted marijuana use and mature themes. Also, the ending is left somewhat unresolved, which may frustrate some viewers.

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