Five years after the tragic, unexplained disappearance of his younger brother, Nickie Bellow (Tom Cullen), a British man now living in Toronto, is caught in the throes of an intense depression. He barely maintains contact with his parents, who are still in the U.K., and is all too easily provoked into acts of violence, one of which costs him his job as a waiter. Nickie meets a vivacious aspiring painter named Emily (Tatiana Maslany), toward whom he feels an immediate, and immediately reciprocated, attraction. But if their easy intimacy — afternoons cuddling in the park, private couplings shot with unusual tenderness — initially suggest that Nickie has found his salvation, that illusion is shattered when Emily goes off her meds and her severe form of bipolar disorder resurfaces.
A psychological drama that centres on a passionate love affair between the self-destructive Nickie and a bi-polar Emily, The Other Half is a moving and realistic depiction of how mental illness can affect family and relationships.
Joey Klein, Nicole Hilliard-Forde, Jonathan Bronfman
Tom Cullen, Tatiana Maslany