Review of Andrew Droz Palermo’s One and Two in Aesthetica Magazine

Andrew Droz Palermo’s fourth feature-length film is a dreamily shot, coming-of-age tale that sits uncomfortably between family drama and science fiction. A family of four lives a simple, religious life on an isolated homestead, their land surrounded by a huge wall. Their two teenaged children, Zac and Eva, have mysterious powers that they explore under the secrecy of darkness, teleporting themselves around the farm and soaring through the skies.

The teenage sense of not belonging is taken to extremes as connections between Zac and Eva’s powers and their mother’s mysterious illness are alluded to. Further mysteries are never explained and the screenplay is frustratingly ambiguous.

When Eva is banished by her controlling father, her emergence into contemporary reality (at a hospital and later a children’s home) comes as a shock, but her alienation is under-explored because she rapidly returns to the home that has been destroyed by her powers. While One and Two expresses a pertinent metaphor of adolescent independence, its resolution feels inconclusive.

Ruby Beesley

Andrew Droz Palermo, One and Two, Metrodome, is now available on DVD.

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1. Still from Andrew Droz Palermo’s One and Two, Metrodome.