Pick of the week: “The One I Love“: My full review is here. This indie comedy/drama takes a “Twilight Zone”-esque turn early on as an estranged married couple (Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss) decide to spend a weekend at their therapist’s vacation home — only to discover there’s something very strange going on in the guest house. While it gets a little too enamored of its own plot twists in the third act, this is still an inventive and thoughtful film about how relationships change and don’t change.
“The One I Love” has its Madison premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Union South Marquee Theatre, 1308 W. Dayton St. as part of the UW Mini Indie Film Festival. R, 1:31, three stars out of four. FREE!
“The One I Love” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January, was in theaters and on video-on-demand over the summer, out on DVD this fall and will be on Netflix Instant next week. So it’s been out there. And yet, I find myself inclined not to spoil anything that happens after the first 18 minutes of the movie.
In September, I mentioned that the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s Spotlight Cinema season seemed curated to bring the movies to Madison that weren’t going to play here theatrically otherwise — movies like Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive,” Roman Polanski’s “Venus in Fur” and the upcoming “Force Majeure.”
Well, the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Film Committee released its schedule for the Mini Indie Film Festival over the weekend, and it’s four-day schedule (Nov. 20-23) is packed with movies that wouldn’t have played here either. Steven Knight’s “Locke”, Stuart Murdoch’s “God Help The Girl” and the Oscar-nominated animated film “Ernest and Celestine” are all on the calendar. The films will all play for free in the Union South Marquee Theatre, 1308 W. Dayton St.