When Margot (Michelle Williams) meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction; she is happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook writer. When Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal moments throughout the summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint.
Swelteringly hot, bright and colourful like a bowl of fruit, Take This Waltz
leads us, laughing, through the familiar, but uncharted question of what long‐term relationships do to love, sex, and our images of ourselves.
"What's missing?" is a question contemplated at some point in every relationship. Margot (Michelle Williams) loves her husband Lou (Seth Rogan), but sometimes she feels unaccountably empty and anxious. When she meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), she denies her instant attraction because she's a happily married woman. But when chance and circumstance continue to throw the two together, Margot's restlessness and longing override her fear of the unknown and she acts on their mutual attraction. Margot's choice permanently alters her relationship with both Lou and Daniel, but what eventually becomes apparent is that true happiness depends more on learning to love oneself than on the love received from others. Take This Waltz
is an introspective, leisurely paced film that is sometimes graphic, is always heartfelt, and says more through meaningful looks and telling actions than with actual words. Luckily, Williams excels in this type of role and Rogan and Kirby also prove up to the challenge. --Tami Horiuchi