By Brett Mullins
Directed and Screenplay by Bret Wood
To illustrate to his wife that he is still ‘alive’ despite the amputation of both of his legs, an abusive husband forces her to arrange for him a meeting with a prostitute/stripper at a local hotel. Not only is she required to construct this ordeal, but the husband requires her to remain in the room during this test, of sorts. Unbeknownst to the older couple, the hooker has a plan of her own to take advantage of the situation.
The disturbing nature of this film shattered the expectations set by the opening scenes of this 17 minute short. What began as crude reminiscing has diminished into chaos that will truly move the audience. This film is well acted, especially Jane Bass who portrayed the abused wife.
The Other Half is focused more on shocking the audience than providing a cohesive story, however. As director Bret Wood put it in an interview regarding the film, “My biggest regret was that — at 17 minutes — I didn’t just expand it into a feature.” I couldn’t agree more!
This film was screened at the 2011 Buried Alive! Film Festival.