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…
Relationship drama. The movie has a lot of fun little touches and I really wanted to like it more. There were just a very jarring tonal inconsistencis where the movie doesn't know if it wants to be a grounded comedy with an alcoholic best friend or a quirky comedy where the love interest drives a rickshaw. Williams gives a brilliant performance and almost manages to bring the two together, but ultimately the movie just cannot get there with her.
So, Sarah Polley isn't infallible. But she is ambitious and creates warm, heartfelt, beguiling portraits of decidedly flawed humans. And Luke Kirby is one sexy motherfucker.
How could I possibly take Seth Rogen seriously in this one?
This is a romance that is bitter, skeptical and sarcastic on relationships.
Which is fab as I'm a romantic who is bitter, skeptical and sarcastic on relationships.
If this was OK Cupid - we'd totally be going out for awkward coffee.
(also, how good is the bit on the ride?)
Watched this over a year ago as a couple with another couple.
It packs a punch as it reveals the ugly nature of unfaithfulness in a relationship for no real reason but boredom and the novelty of a new person. Were it goes from there is quite revealing and surprising.
An odd kind of sad cautionary tale that delivers its message loud and clear.
Die Charaktere hatten ein sehr komisches Verhalten.
A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street.
It's an interesting piece. More drama than comedy & one that cleverly portrays the disire that hides inside us all. Some of us keep it hidden. Many simply can't!
A good film that doesn't necessarily leave you filled with joy after viewing. That's not a criticism...just an observation.
- Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
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The topic title says it all really.
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