Luigi D'Angelo's short film 'The other half' tells a beautiful story about life, inspiration, creation and love. The story follows a painter, played by Agata Fortis, who finds her inspiration in another fellow painter's works, played by Marcco Marchese. One day, she hears him speaking in an interview about his last work, and she gets convinced to go and find him. After a bit of struggle, she gets in front of his main door and knocks. He answers a little bit surprised and feels uncomfortable at first, but then he feels calm enough to talk to her. They share a meal, and whilst doing so, they exchange impressions about paintings, art and life in general. Their stories collide at some point but without certainty that they are the same.
What is extremely interesting about this film is the pace of the narrative. The setting is simple, and for this to work, we expected from the first minute a self-reflexive story that we fortunately got, and so, 'The Other Half', becomes right away an incredible journey we are glad to be part of.
The two main characters have a great bond, and their relationship is exquisite. Agata Fortis puts on a remarkable performance. There is nothing more powerful and pure than her last action of the film when she finds out what is going on and how she can intervene to make it not happen as planned. On the other hand, Marcco Marchese is majestic in playing the role of a painter struggling to find inner peace in uncommon ways, even at an old age. The dialogue they share at the dinner table is one of the most remarkable pieces of dialogue in terms of emotional deliverance that we’ve seen lately. Even though they talk about seemingly unrelated things and have a somewhat philosophical discussion, the energy delivered by the two actors is breathtaking.
No wonder the movie is called 'The Other Half’, as this is one part of filmmaking that we've been craving for a long time!
Written by Vlad A. Gheorghiu