Take This Waltz (15)
24 August - 30 August 2012
Canadian actress-turned-filmmaker Sarah Polley follows her debut feature Away From Her with another gem. Take This Waltz is a touching and uncompromising exploration of how love, lust and longing can challenge even the most water-tight long term relationship.
Margot (Michelle Williams) is heading home from a business trip when she ends up seated next to artist Daniel (Luke Kirby). They hit it off instantly and their momentary flirtation is complicated by the discovery that they live on the same street, two doors down from each other. Margot is happily married to the warm and wonderful Lou (Seth Rogen), but over the next few weeks the two strangers find themselves drawn to each other through a series of chance and premeditated encounters.
Like Lynn Shelton, whose Your Sister’s Sister featured in our last cinema guide, Polley has real skill in drawing a believable world; there is nothing here that strikes a false note. She also captures beautifully the small moments of falling in and out of love. Williams, who appears in practically every scene, is as luminous as ever. She’s nicely counterpointed by the male actors – Kirby is charming as the slightly arrogant stranger and Rogen finally gets his hands on a role that shows he’s capable of being more than the token funny man.