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| Fresh (13)
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A somber and derivative relationship drama.
Mr. Klein is well served by his actors, who exude conviction, charisma and palpable ardor.
A granular depiction of trauma, illness and protectiveness disguised as a love story and guided by a pair of intense portrayals.
The Other Half lands on a simple love story that speaks outside its familiar boundaries.
Maslany and Cullen's characters seem intended to be psychologically realistic, but they're only as complex as The Other Half's surface-deep style.
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.
It's a moving look at trying to stay human and grounded while dealing with internal and external forces beyond one's control.
The centre of the film is hope. It is intimate and kind and the sex scenes are underscored not with passion but tenderness. Pretty darn good for a first feature.
The Other Half may be fairly slow on its upkeep, but this only adds to the realness and authenticity of the narrative and its characters.
Despite some strong performances and a heartfelt sincerity, this muddled romance feels familiar.
A good movie that fails to live up to the beautiful performances by its leads, Joey Klein's The Other Half starring Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen is a solid if not great film.
The film's emotional resonance is consistently stifled by excessively gloomy aesthetic and stylistic tics.
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