The Other Half (2016 film)

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The Other Half
The Other Half poster.jpg
Directed byJoey Klein
Produced by
  • Nicole Hilliard-Forde
  • Jonathan Bronfman
  • Joey Klein
Written byJoey Klein
Starring
CinematographyBobby Shore
Edited byJames Vandewater
Production
company
  • Motel Pictures
  • JoBro Productions
Distributed byMongrel Media
Release date
  • March 12, 2016 (2016-03-12) (SXSW)
  • December 2, 2016 (2016-12-02) (Canada)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryCanada
LanguageEnglish

The Other Half is a 2016 Canadian romantic drama film, written and directed by Joey Klein. It stars Tatiana Maslany, Tom Cullen, Henry Czerny, and Suzanne Clément. The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on 12 March 2016.[1]

Premise[edit]

A bipolar woman and grief-stricken man struggle to live a simple life.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In July 2015, it was revealed that Joey Klein would write and direct the film, with Tatiana Maslany, Tom Cullen, Suzanne Clément, Deragh Campbell, and Mark Rendall starring in the film.[2]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on 12 March 2016.[1][3] Mongrel Media distributed the film in Canada, releasing it on 2 December 2016.[2]

Reception[edit]

The film received positive critical reviews. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 76% based on 17 reviews with an average rating of 7/10.[4] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 60 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[5]

The Los Angeles Times said that the film is "a granular depiction of trauma, illness and protectiveness disguised as a love story and guided by a pair of intense portrayals", and that, "as it plays out, it’s only a hard road for these swept-up, damaged lovers, whom Klein and his actors treat with blessedly non-exploitative honesty."[6] Variety wrote, "What might have seemed pro forma on paper overcomes its occasionally studied stylistic tics to become a troubled, anguished love story that neither exaggerates nor soft-pedals the demons on display."[7]

The Toronto Star praised Klein, saying that he "creates a mood of tension, foreboding and sombre reflection through occasional moments of slo-mo and camera work that blurs reality. His literate script offers no easy resolution, only the faint hope that love can rescue two lost souls."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Other Half". SXSW Schedule. South by Southwest. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b Vlessing, Etan (21 April 2015). "Tatiana Maslany, Tom Cullen to Star in Indie 'The Other Half'". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (2 February 2016). "SXSW Unveils Lineup With James Caan, Ethan Hawke, Keegan-Michael Key Movies". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  4. ^ "The Other Half (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  5. ^ "The Other Half Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  6. ^ Abele, Robert (9 March 2017). "Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen illuminate the shadowed intimacy of 'The Other Half'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  7. ^ Chang, Justin (12 March 2016). "Film Review: 'The Other Half'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  8. ^ Howell, Peter; Demara, Bruce (1 December 2016). "Reel Brief: Mini reviews of Things to Come, The Other Half and Lovesick, plus The Secret Life of Pets and Jason Bourne on DVD". The Star. Toronto Star Newspapers. Retrieved 24 August 2018.

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