Summary : Zac and Eva live with their parents in isolated-mysterious farmhouse.
The family lives' in the 1800s manner and doing the old-fashioned
chores. When their mom becomes seriously ill, the sibling begins to
discover family dark secrets and supernatural abilities to teleport
themselves, which threaten a family to splintered. One and Two is the
story about the bond and love between the siblings.
Shipka : Eva Timothée
Chalamet : Zac Grant
Bowler : Daniel Elizabeth
Reaser : Elizabeth
Andrew Droz Palermo
My opinion :
says it's to keep other people out.
But Idon't believe him anymore.
We're the only ones here.
I think it's just meant to keep us in.”
and Two" is a kind of pastoral version of "The Maze Runner" and
"Jumpers". A magical place at an unknown place where Eva (Kiernan
Shipka) and Zac (Timothée Chalamet) live a carefree life. Under the scrutiny of
their mother Elizabeth (Elizabeth Reaser) and their tyrannical father Daniel
(Grant Bowler) the two teenagers grow up while they perform the assigned daily
tasks. It looks a bit like "Little house on the prairie". Only the
beautifull farm and the idyllic setting are surrounded by an immense wooden
fence. A kind of natural barrier to separate Eva and Zac from the outside
world. Why and how long this commune exists, isn't thoroughly explained in movie
filled with beautiful images. And that isn't the only
what genre of film they actually had in mind. A kind of superhero film in which
two innocent looking teens have a limited superpower? Or a "coming of
age" film with two growing teenagers whose desire it is to finally be able
to discover the outside world? Or was religious fanaticism and the associated
superstition the central theme? All these themes were incorporated into this
film. But really well developed they weren't. The second part with Eva mainly
starring in it, actually was pretty disappointing. The arising situation was
ideal to add more energetic elements.
performances are subtly executed, despite their simplicity. Brother and sister
obediently carry out everything in the daytime and devoutly recite their
prayers before supper. Their daily routine is only interrupted by a swim in a
local pond. And in the evening their rebellious nature kicks in and they play
tag in the fields while they use their mysterious force. Next there is Daniel.
A devout father who fears this mystery and blames this demonic evil to be the
cause of the deteriorating health of his wife. Shipka is most in the spotlight
because Chalamet disappears after a while into the background. All play their
roles well, even though the content is rather meager.
especially the camera work deserves the most praise. This is already clear from
the opening scene with the sunlight illuminating water, after which it's
suddenly interupted by the diving bodies of Eva and Zac. A brilliant light show
which was shot very professionally. The nocturnal escapades of the two are
beautifully filmed. It's just the unanswered questions that kills this film. What's
the use of the great wall since Eva and Zac effortlessly can teleport through
it? Also sneaking back in their bedroom at night was kind of ridiculous. Why
didn't they use the same procedure as they used before? And where did this
special gift come from? Eventually "One and two" was intriguing and
contained an interesting topic, but it wasn't satisfactory enough. Sometimes
there are films which aren't impressive in terms of content, but the design and
cinematic framing still ensure that it remains fascinating and it is worthwhile
to see it till the end.