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Take This Waltz
Michelle Williams plays twenty-eight-year-old Margot, happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a good-natured cookbook author. But when Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), a handsome artist who lives across the street, their mutual attraction is undeniable. Warmly human, funny and bittersweet, TAKE THIS WALTZ deftly avoids romantic clichés and paints an unusually true and unsentimental portrait of adult relationships.
”I’m afraid of connections.”
This line of dialogue is spoken by the film’s protagonist, Margot, a pretty tomboyish journalist and the type of person who only ever exists within the world of films. She is in fact talking about the connections made at airports but the line is obviously smothered in laughably unsubtle subtext just in case the audience misses writer-director, Sarah Polley’s intent. Frustratingly it is representative of a film that is so on-the-nose and contrived that it is impossible to invest in this young woman’s dilemma. That dilemma comes in the form of a tentative affair with her neighbour whilst the romance in her marriage has long since subsided into passion-free contentment.
Polley’s debut feature, Away from Her,…
I have now been thinking about this film for a good 24 hours, and I can't decide what to write. I give up. Here's a few random thoughts:
1. Michelle Williams is amazing. Absolutely astonishing. Her character is both attractive and annoying as all get out. I don't know how she manages to give such a layered performance. She's wonderful.
2. The colors and use of light are stunning.
3. Sarah Silverman needs to do more dramatic work. She's terrific here. I tweeted her so, and thus I am sure we'll see some more drama soon. She always does what I tweet her. She trusts my judgment.
4. This movie is painful and beautiful. It's not what you expect from Hollywood -- it's about how things really work out.
5. There are flaws, but the overall emotional force and Williams's performance overshadow them.
See it. It's like, good, and stuff.
If someone were to point out my favorite thing(s) to read, even more than a great novel, it would be essays about something that affected them so deeply that they felt compelled to write about it. It can be short, or it can be 20 pages long. A great author of this approach would be Lester Bangs, who wrote beautifully indulgent music reviews in such an intensely personal way that were so resonant, that for the right reader, you might want to hug the guy for articulating exactly what music can really mean in a way that you’ve been trying to express yourself. I certainly didn’t always agree with Bangs, but I always identified with how insanely wonderful the experience…
Straight up, this movie looks absolutely gorgeous. Some dude named Luc Montpellier is the cinematographer and I think that the Canadian government should pay this guy a salary of fifty thousand dollars a year, for the rest of his life, just because of how gorgeous this movie looks. I guarantee that Toronto has never, and will never, look better in a film. All the colors are rich & vibrant, and the camera movement is out of sight. See this movie just to see how gorgeous it looks. Now, on to the film itself.
I see the film as the idea of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl put into a real world person and how terrible that idea actually is. The character…
Part of A Film A Day
"You think everything can be worked out if you just make the right move? That must be thrilling... Life has a gap in it. It just does. You don't go crazy trying to fill it like some lunatic."
Take This Waltz is a film I wanted to love so much, but I just couldn't bring myself to ignoring all the flaws the film had. Personally, I watched this because of Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams, whom I absolutely love; in this film, and out of it. Williams gives a magnificent performance as Margot, an insecure, middle aged woman who's married to Rogen's character, Lou.
Now, I had a teacher once who said that Seth…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
So something about this film bugged the shit out of me but I can't quite put my finger on it. I'm going to describe what happened and maybe the Letterboxd community can help me figure it out.
1. Margot (Michelle Williams) is a writer, she meets Daniel (Luke Kirby) at a writing assignment, then again on the flight home to Toronto. They seem to make a connection. After arriving back in Toronto they take a cab together and realize Daniel lives right across the street from Margot.
2. We learn that Margot is happily married to Lou, (Seth Rogen) but she obviously has a fascination with Daniel and he obviously likes her so they begin to run into each other…
I am a 21 year old studying physics in a research institute in Bhubaneswar, India. A friend, a huge fan of Sarah Polley's and a film enthusiast suggested this movie. I had opened the file quite a few times and just casually grazed through the scenes. The bright colours made this movie look like Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris's "Little Miss Sunshine". That movie is undoubtedly a great movie to immerse oneself in and emerge clapping and cheering but the colours and the romantic plot made me mostly turn away from this brightly coloured sunlit movie. The day before I had watched Calin Peter Netzer's "Pozitia Copilului", wonderfully bringing out the wrinkled dry human essence. It made me want to…
Beautiful and weird and original and I don't know really what to say about this movie. You hate Michelle Williams' character and you love her and you want her marriage with Seth Rogen to fail and then you want them to be together and... Such a challenging movie.
Bittersüßes, melancholisches Gefühlsdrama mit einer grandiosen Michelle Williams als leicht verhuschte Hausfrau die, in ihrer eigentlich glücklichen Ehe, etwas vermisst was sie im neuen neuen Nachbarn zu finden denkt. Hatte für mich auch leicht märchenhafte Züge. Beim Ende war ich mir nicht ganz sicher ob sie sich ihr neues Leben nur einbildet.
I have seen this film a few times in the past couple of days and I keep thinking about posting a review about all the things that I have thought about. Honestly, there's too much to put down. I think I can sum it up in a few words. For me, this movie was an exploration into the fact that no one person can come into our lives and fix us. We are responsible for our own happiness. Our choices, what we do for a living, for example, or who we share our lives with, create our futures. I'd like to believe that the main character has figured that out in the end.
The cast is amazing and Luke Kirby,…
I really wanted to like this because the cast is fantastic. I mean Michelle Williams is a wonderful actress and she was great in this, as is Seth Rogan. I EVEN LIKED SARAH SILVERMAN. That doesn't happen, EVER. And for once she was actually tolerable.
However, the story was just so bland and weird. Michelle Williams plays Margot who is married to Seth Rogan's character Lou. When Margot meets a man that lives on her block she starts to rethink her relationship because the chemistry between her and her neighbor is undeniable. Okay.. so basically it's a movie about finding someone else interesting/more interesting than your current partner and what happens when you realize your life is going a way you don't want it to. Sounds like an interesting realistic story - but this was just bland and fell into many of the stereotypes of that.
For Sarah Silverman's scene at the end alone... WOW.
Take This Waltz is a wonderful, luminous, humanistic, messy treasure and I adore it in a way you probably only can an imperfect film.
It is imperfect - it oscillates between naturalistic and wildly-stylized. I love those moments of the latter, particularly the last scene and the pool sequence, but a couple of the more deliberate sequences don't quite work (I'm mainly thinking of the 'Take This Waltz' rotating scene, which is impressive, but tonally pretty jarring). It somehow gels together into this heartbreaking, joyful thing.
Hell, I don't know why I'm picking holes, cos this is one of my favourite movies of the decade. (Stories We Tell is another, so I'm pretty much on board for life with Polley at this point)
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Films Directed or Co-Directed by Women