Only You – Film Review
by Frank L.
Director: Harry Wootliff
Writers: Harry Wootliff (screenplay), Harry Wootliff (story by), Matthieu de Braconier
Stars: Natalie Arle-Toyne, Isabelle Barth, Tam Dean Burn
This is Wootliff’s first feature film and it is quite promising for her career ahead. The script is a collaborated between the director and Matthieu de Braconnier. The film is dominated by the fine acting performances of Laia Costa as Elena and Josh O’Connor as Jake. They meet in the early hours of a New Year’s Day when they both believe they first spotted an infrequently free taxi. There is an altercation but sense prevails and they share it. They do more than share it as he goes back to her apartment. Listening to her Dad’s collection of records Jake, a part-time DJ, becomes more enthralled by Elena. She is coy about her age as she is considerably older than him. He is a mere twenty seven; she eventually admits to thirty six.
That age difference is at the beginning of no consequence. They make a magnificent couple. They decide to have a baby. That is when the problems begin. They enter into the unromantic world of IVF. The strain on their relationship creates all sorts of sharp edges which wounds each of them in different ways. Meanwhile, there are glimpses of Elena’s friends having no difficulty in becoming pregnant while Jake’s widowed father Andrew (Peter Wight) in a small but valuable scene provides him with intelligent paternal support.
The action all takes place in and around Glasgow which makes for a realistic backdrop for what is a difficult story which many couples face as they try to have a baby. The cinematography both inside Elena’s apartment and out on the streets of Glasgow add to the poignancy of their situation. In addition there is a fine musical score by Emilie Levienaise Farrouche coupled with the intelligent use of Elvis Costelloe’s song ‘I want you’.
O’Connor and Costa exude an inspiring sensuality and sexuality. Wootliff has created a beautiful film even if IVF itself is difficult to describe in such terms.