The Other Half Canada
Director: Joey Klein
Cast: Tatiana Maslany, Suzanne Clément, Tom Cullen
Showtime: April 30th 7:00 PM
Runtime: 103 minutes
Canadian Screen Awards, Best Actress: Tatiana Maslany. Three other nominations.
“Maslany and Cullen have been praised extensively (and justly) for their work here in festival reviews and across the trades; no less excellent…are the performances of the film’s supporting players.”—Calum Marsh, National Post
Set unapologetically in Toronto – Queen West, to be specific – Joey Klein’s The Other Half is an intense romance starring real-life couple Tom Cullen and Tatiana Maslany as a haunted man and a bipolar woman who find refuge in each other.
It’s an impressionistic, experiential drama, situating us with its characters in bars and clubs and rooms and beds and letting us see how they are together as they find comfort and strength in each other’s broken places.
Writer/director Klein and his stars aren’t aiming for twinkly manic-pixie redemption clichés; they can’t be anything other than real. Klein gives Cullen and Maslany the space to burrow deeply into their tormented characters and connect without much dialogue. And the trust they have in each other as performers is remarkable.
Cullen is quietly terrific as a man who’s spent so much time locking away his feelings that he’s overwhelmed by their resurgence, and Maslany is ferocious in her award-winning performance as the mercurial, unstable lover with whom he can find balance.
Maslany is always impressive, and Orphan Black regularly showcases her versatility, but The Other Half lets you see the full breadth of her talent in a single performance. And that is something to behold.
Thank you to our sponsor the Canadian Mental Health Association