There Is No I in Threesome 2021 Movie
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Director: Jan Oliver Lucks
Writers: Jan Oliver Lucks, Natalie Medlock
Stars: Jan Oliver Lucks, Zoe Marshall

The Gist: Zoe and Ollie climb the ladder to a very very high high dive at an indoor pool. They take off all their clothes, strap cameras to their heads, and stand nervously on the edge. Whoop. Into the water. And is it me, or is Ollie the only one who jumped? We’ll get back to that later, because this is the framing device. Jump back to several months previous, in the opening stages of their exploratory probe of the physical and psychological stuff inherent in being, in Ollie’s own words, “Full. Blown. Swingers.” Their personal goal is to explore the “other versions” of themselves, enjoy their bodies while they’re still relatively young and indulge their overactive libidos. Their goal for the film is to “highlight an alternative to monogamy,” filming primarily with their phones.

They have some simple rules, but but they’re already being broken, e.g., “only samesies,” that they’ll only be sleeping with persons of the same sex, now out the window because Zoe has already slept with another man. Eh, it’s a work in progress I guess. They’ll sometimes invite the third party to join them in bed (and wherever else they might end up). And when the wedding happens, all this will be over and they’ll have babies and grow old together happily ever after, chef’s kiss right? Uh huh. But after seeing all the cute rom-com moments of this adorable couple together, we’re rooting hard for these very likeable people: They go on hikes and cavort in fields, jump naked on a trampoline and banter and laugh and have a great time together. No argument that they’re very much in love, but should we be suspicious that we never really see them argue? Hmm I say. Hmm.

We see some crazy intimate scenes, like the one where Ollie gets a penis pump and is a little embarrassed to talk about why. They go to a crazy sex party and try out a little S&M. But then, a reality is revealed: This is a long-distance relationship. They live on opposite ends of New Zealand. He has a job here, and she’s an actress who can’t get any decent work in this small city. She flies off, sadly. But they’ll connect frequently via video chat, including once when she beds a guy and turns on the cam so Ollie can watch howdy exclamation point! He seems to be a little more lonely and heartsick about their temporary separation. She’s very outgoing and has no problem snagging fellas for some snogging. He has a relatively reserved personality, and isn’t having much luck with the dating apps. He goes on a date with a man who isn’t keen on having a camera on him all the time. So much for that one, right?

OK, so here’s the hook. Zoe starts seeing the director of the play she’s in. Not just for a fling or three, but dating, handholding, sharing common interests, stuff like that. The guy has a motorcycle and, hey, is that a red flag? Um. Zoe and Ollie have agreed to be forthright with their extracurricular partners about the open relationship and the constant filming, so everything is transparent. Ollie says he’s OK with it but his face says otherwise. They both justify the situation by insisting that jealousy is something they fully expect and can work through. In their minds, love has no limitations — they say they shouldn’t put a cap on their capacity to love people, and when they have children, there will be a third (or fourth, or fifth) person to love, and they’ll still love each other. Ollie’s friend points out the logical flaw in this: “You don’t f— your children, though.” He has a point. Ollie soon finds a nice woman with Bettie Page bangs and a cute little dog, and Zoe experiences “the feelings” too. Are these people tempting fate, thumbing their noses at the almighty Aphrodite and generally toying with forces beyond their control? F— yes they are.

Our Take: There Is No ‘I’ in Threesome is a delightful surprise for the way it both fulfills and defies expectations. It’s predictable on one hand and shocking on the other. It keeps us watching not only to see the outcome of Zoe and Ollie’s little enterprise, but also what it reveals about them personally, and possibly about the complicated human creatures we all are. Without getting into its revelations, I’ll say it’s ultimately about the divide between logic and emotion, the inevitability of change and the unpredictable nature of love.

To a degree, it’s also about the art of filmmaking itself. There’s a discussion of the role the camera plays in this endeavor, and a fascinating, quietly profound moment where Zoe and her new lover, who’ve been filming themselves for many scenes, are finally seen in a third-person shot, and Ollie is holding the camera. But foremost, it’s a fascinating debate about monogamy framed within some of the grand conflicts we learned about in high school English class: nature vs. nurture, man vs. nature, man vs. himself. And I say “man” instead of “humanity” because being the filmmaker, Ollie’s POV tends to take over after a while.

Many individual scenes are as funny as they are perceptive. The film features a (thankfully non-graphic) depiction of a man undergoing an enema, something you don’t see in any old documentary; Ollie explains the concept of his film to his mother, who doesn’t know the meaning of the word “polygamy”; the high-dive scene is revisited, and it’s an ingenious means of depicting what happens. The film lives and dies by its intimacy; Zoe and Ollie’s emotional generosity is necessary, but feels uncomfortably intimate at times. They share themselves with a disarming frankness that’s all the more profound considering the film’s final moments. You wouldn’t do it, I wouldn’t do it, but by the time the credits roll, you’ll be glad someone did.

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