The One I Love opens with a couple in therapy. Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) have lost their spark, along with some trust, and are trying their best to figure things out. So when their therapist (Ted Danson) recommends going on an idyllic retreat that he credits with reigniting the relationships of many of his patients, Sophie and Ethan jump at the chance.
“When they get there, weird sh– happens,” first time director Charlie McDowell told EW after the film’s premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. To reveal any more would ruin the fun—but EW has a perfectly non-spoilery clip of the flustered couple debating whether to stay or leave the bizarre situation in which they’ve found themselves. Watch it below.
“It’s an in-depth relationship study,” said Duplass. “When you first start dating someone, or are trying to date someone, you present yourself as this person who is probably a lot cooler, smarter, more sensitive, more well read than you really are. And then you get to know them and you feel more comfortable, then you start to reveal that you are petty and a little jealous and a little snarky. That is a fascinating thing to us. How do you maintain that relationship and that love when the people you’re with start to change? We try to use a very pointed, odd plot device to examine that.”
The One I Love is currently available on VOD and hits theaters on August 22.