Other Half

Grand Jury Award ~ Narrative Feature
South by Southwest
The film is the Canadian actor Klein's first feature as a writer and director. His entry is auspicious and welcome.


The Other Half

Nickie Bellow (Tom Cullen) is a self-destructive drifter, ever mourning the disappearance of his younger brother. Having abandoned a life of promise in his native U.K., he has spent the inaugural years of adulthood drowning grief in alcohol and violence. By the fifth anniversary of his brother’s disappearance he has reached his nadir - fired from his menial job, he is poised once again for an aimless life. Then he meets Emily (Tatiana Maslany) and the two form an immediate, inseparable bond – it is love at first sight deepened by a shared sense of sorrow. Enamored with each other, they expedite the standard rituals of a ‘normal’ relationship. Drunk on the intoxication of an accelerated young love, they consume each other ravenously, accustomed to the fleeting and transitory, untrusting of permanence. After a short amount of time, his PTSD and her bipolar disorder surface, complicating their newfound intimacy. They have a connection deeper than anything they could have imagined; it’s the two of them against the world. For Nickie and Emily, time does not heal all wounds, but could real love really conquer all?
Not Rated
Drama, Romance
Joey Klein
Tom Cullen, Tatiana Maslany
Nominee, Grand Jury Award ~ Narrative Feature, South by Southwest
Justin Chang, Variety

A jagged, semi-impressionistic approach and two outstanding lead performances distinguish writer-director Joey Klein’s “The Other Half” among the cinema’s many portraits of self-destructiveness and codependency. What might have seemed pro forma on paper — a man, suffering the effects of long-term ...

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