Premiering at the London Film Festival, in the BFI First Feature Film Competition, Harry Wootliff’s Glasgow-set production Only You starts off as a conventional romance before veering into a topical tale about in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment and childless couples.
Little does singleton Elena (Victoria, HIFF 2015, star Laia Costa) know when she sings “Auld Lang Syne” at her friend’s New Year’s Eve party that this is really about to be a new beginning, as a chance encounter on the way home leads to her sharing a taxi with part-time DJ Jake (Josh O’Connor). They end up at her flat listening to her musician dad’s record collection and bonding over a discussion about Elvis Costello’s “I Want You”, in which Jake points out that this isn’t really a love song. This is a hint that Only You will not be a conventional narrative.
When the couple embarks on IVF treatment, the movie and the relationship get serious. As Elena researches IVF, it becomes apparent to her and Jake that it will involve emotional hardship and a huge monetary cost. It’s a story that is being repeated around Europe, which is little talked about on film, and it’s to Wootliff’s immense credit that she takes such care in going into the detail of what IVF involves.
Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa.org