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Take This Waltz 2011

3.4 out of 5 stars (84) 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:
Aaron Abrams, Michelle Williams
Runtime:
1 hour, 56 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Sarah Polley
Starring Aaron Abrams, Michelle Williams
Supporting actors Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, Sarah Silverman
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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 ½ 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 Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Jan. 2013
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I never heard anything about this film before viewing it and I dont know any of the actors besides one of the male protagonists who I believe also starred in SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT The Green Hornet.

It is the story of an unhappily married woman who is wooed by a new neighbour, it switches between the home dynamic between her and her distracted and inconsistent husband, the bohemian neighbour and his efforts at seduction and family and friends.

I am unsure of any major themes, although the characters are interesting but lacking in any real depth, the acting is good and probably the better for not being a feature which has a lot of big names.

Perhaps there are some themes about age (the contrast between young and old, childish or childlike character), crisis or priorities (contrasts between alcoholism and other crisis, the husband appears to "fiddle while rome burns" focusing on his cookery writing rather than his wife) and maybe the song "Video killed the radio star" has some significance.

There are a number of nude scenes, including some in the showers after the female lead and her friends have been to a swim aerobics class, which didnt seem that necessary and a later montage of sexual antics was the same.

I have used the word curious in the title of the review because that is how I feel about this film, it is not exactly compelling viewing or worthy of a lot of discussion or rewatching but if you possess any curiosity you will feel like watching it to the finish.
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