The Missing Half

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Provincial bourgeois couple Claire and Pierre are expecting twins, but elect to abort one foetus - a decision which so overwhelms Pierre he withdraws from the relationship and in effect 'adopts' Laurent, a disabled young man who is losing his sight. The French title ('The Other') is more appropriate for this strange, testing film, influenced, at a guess, by the spare spiritual rigour of the Dardenne brothers (albeit with odd absurdist touches more in line with Mariage's previous The Carriers Are Waiting). It's a film of pointed asymmetries, but in the end its redemptive poetics are only half convincing.

By: TCh

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Director: Benoît Mariage
Screenwriter: Benoît Mariage
Cast: Dominque Baeyens
Philippe Grand'Henry
Laurent Kuenhen
Jan Decleir