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Take This Waltz 2011

3.4 out of 5 stars (83) IMDb 6.6/10

When Margot, 28, meets Daniel, their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction: she is happily married to Lou, a celebrated cookbook writer. When Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters.

Starring:
Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen
Runtime:
1 hour, 56 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Sarah Polley
Starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen
Supporting actors Luke Kirby, Sarah Silverman, Jennifer Podemski, Diane D'Aquila, Vanessa Carter, Graham Abbey, Damien Atkins, Aaron Abrams, Dyan Bell, Albert Howell, Danielle Miller, Matt Baram, Avi Phillips, Diane Flacks, Cheryl MacInnis, Ciarán MacGillivray, Roy MacNeil, Sandy MacLean
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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It's not that easy to pin down quite why Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz doesn't really work: the performances are excellent and there are plenty of strong scenes, yet this tale of desire and emptiness never really connects. Part of it is the unashamed contrivance of the initial set-up, with Michelle Williams meeting cute with Luke Kirby and bonding when she's shamming disability at the airport to queue-jump only to find that he lives across the road from her coming straight from any number of generic romcoms, as do a few subsequent scenes. Yet at the same time the film wants to be an emotionally realistic look at repressed wants and the growing unfulfilment Williams feels because of her increasing inability to really connect with her husband (Seth Rogan) while trying to deny her growing infatuation with the hotter guy across the street (in another romcom touch an artist with Bohemian sensibilities who makes his money pulling a rickshaw in Toronto). Williams does some often remarkable work, particularly in her lengthy reaction shots without dialogue, but her rather immature character isn't terribly convincing despite her best efforts and some good scenes. Rogan gets one of the film's best moments too when the film simply concentrates on his half of a painful conversation by cutting Williams out of it entirely, one of those moments where Polley's style really connects with what it feels like to be emotionally inside the moment, yet it's never really enough.Read more ›
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By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2013
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This is clearly a film that doesn't appeal to everyone if the previous reviews are anything to go by; I watched it twice at a few days interval and decided that I`ve come down on the positive side - but only just.

The central figure is definitely Margot (Michelle Williams); dissatisfied with her marriage to the good natured, but rather comfortably domestic Lou (Seth Rogan) she gradually develops a relationship with her unconventional next door neighbour Daniel (Luke Kirby). The theme of the film is about the void Margot is trying to fill in her life; the restlessness she feels with Lou opposed to the edgier, more sexually fulfilling option she anticipates with Daniel.
The tempo of the film is quite slow and the characters aren't particularly likable - the childish banter between Margot and Lou is pretty cringe-worthy - and Margot - an aspiring writer, apparently - doesn't seem to have the responsibility of an occupation.
The cast and director, in the accompanying "making of" documentary, believe they have made a funny romantic comedy; it isn't very funny and it isn't awfully romantic, but it is a fairly well-considered, well-acted little drama about life, love and relationship decisions.
In it`s favour, the cinematography is beautiful; the film has many lyrical moments and the locations and soundtrack are equally pleasing. Though it`s rather a sad, melancholic piece it works quite well and Sarah Silverman as Geraldine, Margot`s recovering alcoholic sister both steals the show in the last scene and provides the film`s message - in so far as it has any.

An interesting - if you don`t mind its slow pace - rather ambiguous film, uncovering some emotional truths by subtle, if somewhat contrived means. Ideally I`d give it 3 stars; it was definitely better upon my second viewing but it will be a long time before I`ll watch it again.
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By C. I. Smith VINE VOICE on 22 Jan. 2013
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This is a strange film that tells a tale of love with the emptiness that sometimes enters relationships, I can say with all honesty it is not a film that I would buy! but I am pleased that I took a chance to take a look.
It is not down to poor acting or a film with no plot or very thin in substance I just found it very difficult to settle into, I prefer something a little lighter, this for me was just a little deep. We all know that relationships change, I felt that part of the film was acted well and what the film makers were trying to portray they did well.
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This movie is a tragic/sad story about marriage disguised as a romantic comedy...
Amazon customer reviews indicate that some people hated the movie; I imagine they expected to see a typical American romantic comedy and were really disappointed that the ending, for example, created ambiguity and was not a straightforward happy one... Well, too bad for them because they've missed the true artistic merit of this movie.
It misses something (maybe the beginning of the story is a bit contrived?) to become a great movie, though... but it is a movie worth spending two hours over.
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This was one of those movies that you neither love, nor hate. I would not purposefully sit and watch it again, but nor will I change the channel with a few grunts of "none that again" if I happen to stumble upon it on TV. The story is semi-real life (I mean how likely is it that someone you meet on holiday will turn out to be your new next door neighbour! and at the same time How likely is it that your prospect-lover and husband bump into each other!) but that is not really the problem. Nor is it the acting: most of it is very good, some of it is OK, but none of it is terrible. I guess it must come down to the pace and those looooong scenes. I feel the movie generally could do with less time per scene and simultaneously more comic relief scenes (pool dancing gets a thumbs up on this one). Although I understand the idea is that the mood of the movie is melancholic the ending didnt help in terms of making the viewer feel like it had been two worthwhile hours spent watching this. The ending was a cliché, just like the beginning: everything new eventually becomes old... Based on what I have seen I'd say the lesson was not introduced to be learnt, but simply to be revised and reconfirmed.
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