A list of films directed by women, in alphabetical order by director. The notes show the director's country, name and…
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.
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…
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…
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.
Video kills the radio star.
(good review, man)
Video killed the radio star...
Sometimes a little too obvious, a little too on the nose with its metaphors but the performances by Williams and Rogen are (un-)surprisingly subtle and beautiful.
I have little interest in watching Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams speak to each other like five-year-olds throughout a two-hour movie that felt more like five hours. I felt every single second in this torture fest with so little to hold onto. It's in films like Take This Waltz that I absolutely hate my "once you started a movie, watch until the end" rule.
I absolutely despise elongated scenes with no point. Waltz was composed of about 90% of scenes like that. What made it worse was the absolutely shitty dialogue. At parts, I was embarrassed for these actors for having to be in this crapfest. The only saving grace was the music and some randomly dispersed beautiful cinematography.
Williams, you're better than this.
A clichéd romance scenario heightened by Sarah Polley's studious and sensual treatment, and by a typically brilliant performance by Michelle Williams as Margot, the restless and confused spirit at the centre of the story. There's a dry wit at play along with the luminous and seductive photography which gives the film an odd tone: it's almost comedic, but at best it's only mildly amusing; and it's almost intensely romantic, but Margot's moral and emotional confusion and restraint, and the fact that she overthinks things, stops her from throwing herself completely into an affair. So, we have an adorable woman who wants to be adored, but the person she's married to is low key and staid. Polley unfairly stacks the odds…
It's like a slow burn affair movie. And it just didn't work for me.
Williams, who I usually like, was just too annoying at times and overall far too selfish a character to feel any emotions for.
You never get why Rogan is such a bad husband that she needs to go for the pretty boy, unless it was just shallow of her?
Silverman is good here, but never is quite used enough. She disappears for most of the second half in fact.
Some good music, but the storyline of basically cheating on a spouse is never a winner with me.
muito bonito, muito fofo, muito REAL
não assistir em casal
Michelle Williams nailed this role. I could really empathize with her character throughout. The confusion, the loneliness, the excitement, the frustration, all of it comes through so plainly due to her ability to show such depth and range of emotion from one scene to the next.
Sarah Silverman was one of the few weak points of Take This Waltz in my opinion. Her scene near the end just left me scratching my head.
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The topic title says it all really.
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Films Directed or Co-Directed by Women