The Only One: Review

Tom (Caitlin Stasey) is feeling restless in her life. Her thirtieth birthday has got her thinking about where she is right now, where she’d like to be and where she is going. That’s when she realises that she should probably start making a commitment to a relationship so that she can feel that she belongs somewhere. So, knowing that her ex, David (Jon Beavers) lives in a vineyard in the south of France with his parents, Rob (Hugo Armstrong) and Em (Blake Lindsley), Tom decides to go back and see if there’s still a spark.

Sooner or later Tom and David are picking up where they left off, but Tom still isn’t quite sure what she wants.

The Only One is a romantic drama set and filmed in the south of France in a feature debut by director Noah Gilbert and writer Seth Gilbert. Having such a pleasant place to stay and the company that Tom has, it soon becomes clear to the audience that no matter what the outcome, being in the south of France is a very relaxing place to be.

Everything is calm, people talk to each other with warmth, understanding and respect and Tom can feel free to be herself while exploring her place in the world.

The film itself is also very calm and soothing and seems perfect for a relaxing night in as the audience watches the events unfold. There are also deeper discussions about love and life which could have felt forced and guided, but under the director of Gilbert, it feels naturalistic and suits the characters perfectly.

There is little conflict in the film and it may not be for everybody watching a couple getting to know each other again. However, for those who are looking for a nice experience where characters learn something about themselves then The Only One may be the one that you want.

There are times though when the film may start to get a little self-indulgent. Caitlin Stasey and Jon Beavers have good chemistry, but at times it may feel a little too much like the audience is watching them having fun rather than progressing the story. Saying that though, The Only One is light and breezy while a little self-discovery creeps into the plot.

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