Movie Review/Interview: Mark Duplass & Director Charlie McDowell Talk About ‘The One I Love’


Preston Barta // Critic

THE ONE I LOVE | 91 min. | Rated R | Director: Charlie McDowell | Stars: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss and Ted Danson

Rating: 3/4

There’s a twist near the start of THE ONE I LOVE that makes it damn near impossible not to spoil and talk about. However, what I can tell you is that it’s about a couple (Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss) who are facing some marital challenges and go to a weekend retreat to jump-start their relationship. From there, things get crazy, and it’s awesome (even with a head-scratching ending).

So you have been warned – this is not your typical romantic-comedy. This is not COUPLE’S RETREAT. There is more to it that you should witness.


Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss play Ethan and Sophie in the peculiar THE ONE I LOVE. Photo courtesy of Radius-TWC.

Not convinced enough to buy a ticket? Watch our video interview with the star (Duplass, FXX’s THE LEAGUE) and director of the film (Charlie McDowell), where we talk about everything but the spoilers. We discuss movies that cause us to leave the theater feeling different about life, what makes love last, how the writer part of them is always on, and teaching college courses.

Fresh Fiction’s Interview with Mark Duplass and director Charlie McDowell: Warning! (some language)

THE ONE I LOVE is playing in theaters now.

About author

Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.