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The Other Half: Romantic drama is evocative, artful and pitch perfect

The Other Half stars Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen.

3.5 out of 4 stars

Title
The Other Half
Written by
Joey Klein
Directed by
Joey Klein
Starring
Tatiana Maslany, Tom Cullen
Genre
Romance
Classification
14A
Country
Canada
Language
English
Year
2016

More than once in Joey Klein's emotional drama The Other Half, we hear the languid girl-group croon of Wendy Rene's 1964 single After Laughter (Comes Tears), a dreamy lament about the flip side of love.

We can apply the volatility to Tatiana Maslany's bipolar character, Emily, an artistic soul whose other half is Tom Cullen's Nickie, a brooding cab driver whose grief is chronic and profound.

The film is the Canadian actor Klein's first feature as a writer and director. His entry is auspicious and welcome. The film's arc is shallow – two troubled lovers navigate a path that will never, ever be smooth – and its tone is restrained and immersive.

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The performances are pitch perfect; the soundtrack is evocative; the photography is artful. Nothing is overdone, and nothing is really resolved. Klein strikes great balances, as we root, probably in vain, for the co-dependency of his two main characters to result in something approaching stability.

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Brad Wheeler is an arts reporter with The Globe and Mail. More

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