Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Double-Feature “Honeymoon” and “The One I Love”

tribeca2014bannerThe tagline for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival suggests that film festivals are the original binge-watching experience. In that spirit, enjoy these suggestions for the perfect double-features at the Tribeca Film Festival, complete with suggested accompanying snacks. This time, it's Honeymoon and The One I Love

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Honeymoon

After the perfect courtship and wedding, Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) are ready to relax at Bea’s family’s cabin and enjoy their honeymoon. Everything changes, though, when Bea goes missing one night, and Paul finds her dazed and wandering in the woods. In the coming days, Paul begins to suspect that something is terribly wrong with Bea, and the woman he married might be lost to him forever.

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The One I Love

Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) have been working together in therapy to rebuild their marriage after an affair, but they aren’t making any progress. Their therapist (Ted Danson) suggests that they take a retreat together and gives them a key to a secluded cottage. The property is lovely, complete with a pool, hiking trails, and guest house. What awaits Ethan and Sophie inside of that guesthouse, however, will challenge their notions of love and trust, and depending on how they respond, it will save or destroy their marriage.

Why They Belong Together

Honeymoon and The One I Love are romances that cross over into other genres, specifically sci-fi/horror and sci-fi/fantasy. The former tackles issues facing couples at the beginning of a marriage while the latter is about the end of a marriage, making them the perfect match. Both films are also about expectations, the expectations that people have for their romantic partners and the danger of getting what they want. For Paul, Bea becomes totally unrecognizable, and Paul questions if this is the woman he married or if something sinister has happened to her. For Ethan and Sophie, they know they are being fooled with a pale reflection of the person they love. After the film’s haunting final scene, however, the lingering question is whether Sophie still wanted Ethan at all or if she wanted a more attractive and more emotionally-attentive fraud. In this double-feature, I am interested which ending will leave audiences more horrified, in the best possible way.

I also have to give credit to this double-feature for delivering better horror and science-fiction than some of the films promoted in the festival as horror and sci-fi. Some of the best films of the Tribeca Film Festival have defied genre classification, and it is even more satisfying that both of these films are, on the surface, romances. The romance genre is still considered a female genre, and by extension, it is unfairly considered niche or lesser art. Honeymoon and The One I Love are defying that notion, and I couldn’t be happier for it.

Suggested Snack

Lots of red wine paired with bacon and eggs. After seeing the creature in Honeymoon, I don’t recommend any crabs, lobster, or other funny-looking shellfish with pincers. Honestly, I would just recommend giant glasses of wine for Honeymoon and saving the bacon and eggs for The One I Love.

Bonus!

My award for "Best Unintentionally Hilarious Line" goes to Honeymoon for Paul screaming, “This is not hiding!”

May
07
2014
Rachel Kolb • Staff Writer

I love movies, writing, and breaking into song in public. You can follow me on Twitter @rachelekolb or check out more of my work at http://rachelekolb.wordpress.com.

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