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One Night Film Review: A Love Story for Pessimists

The State Theatre Oct. 14 during the Austin Film Festival. A variety of films were screened in the theater during the duration of the festival.
Photo by: Russell Reed | Staff Photographer

The world premiere of “One Night” explored the beauty and nativity of love Oct. 14 during its screening at the 23rd Annual Austin Film Festival.

The film follows the love story of two parallel and yet intertwining relationships.

A high school flourishing relationship of Bea (“Orphan” Isabelle Fuhrman) and Andy (Kyle Allen) depict the butterflies in stomach stage of a relationship.

While thirty-something Elizabeth (“Pitch Perfect” Anna Camp) and Drew (“War of the Worlds” Justin Chatwin) are picking up the pieces of a broken marriage.

Director Minhal Baig created a visually creative film and written script. A notable theme taken was “same but different.”

The contrasts of the couples were represented through the scores and settings of the film.

An underground ‘indie’ score followed Bea and Andy’s relationship while a dramatic score was placed for Elizabeth and Drew.

A personal favorite was a Bea and Andy dinner scene. The couple found themselves in a higher end hotel restaurant ordering a plate of pancakes with jam and a plate of fries – a beautifully constructed contrast.

“They were same but different,” Baig said. “They (Drew and Elizabeth) see in themselves a younger version of themselves that they admire. These ups and downs is something everyone in a relationship goes through.”

The writing of the film carried what the cinematography and editing lacked in “One Night”. Broad daylight scenes were noisy and continuity was found through the film.

A cameraman’s reflection in a window snuck its way into one of the scenes, taking away from the movie magic.

Yet, the detail in the character’s development is what made this film special. Strong writing and acting is what carried the movie.

Elizabeth and Andy carried the cast. Camp’s performance had one of the strongest on-screen performances.

Camp showed the vulnerability and desperation of Elizabeth’s ache to rebuild a marriage destroyed by an affair. Camp and Chatwin’s chemistry was palpable.

Camp said she drew inspiration for her character through her personal past romantic relationships.

“My first marriage didn’t work out but I definitely identified with what Elizabeth was going through,” Camp said. “I was going through my divorce when we made this film and I wasn’t planning on getting married again when I shot this. It was emotional for me to watch this and to shoot.”

Allen made his screen debut through “One Night” and he did not disappointment. Resembling a young Heath Ledger, Allen captured the innocence of young love.

Allen allowed the audience to see the apprehensiveness of everyone’s first love, relationship and kiss.

Natural in both dialogue and movements, Allen has a promising acting career in front of him.

Baig said Allen was originally casted as a one-line character.

“Isabelle was actually the one who advocated for (Allen),” Baig said. “We let him read and we knew he was our guy but we played it off like ‘yeah he’s alright’ and then went into another room and were like ‘yes he’s (Andy)’”.

The clever ending connected both couples through a ‘time machine’ device Bea’s character’s invents.

Without a happy or sad ending, “One Night” left audience members with a story to be told and open for interpretation making the film a movie for everyone not just a ‘rom-com’ niche.

Baig said she wanted to leave her audience with hope after trying out different endings.

“There was a version of the script where things ended up working out but there was still the ambiguity that they are going to go through all these things,” Baig said. “There was also a version where they don’t end up together and that was when I was going through a hard time but I think this ending is a good medium.”