Take This Waltz

19 June 2012 DVD

Take This Waltz

Inspired by Leonard Cohen’s 1988 song of the same name, Take This Waltz focuses on Margot (Michelle Williams) and Lou (Seth Rogen), a young couple in Toronto whose marriage has hit the five-year mark. On the surface their relationship seems enduring (though more comfortable than lustful), but their excessive declarations of affection suggest they’re trying to convince themselves it’s still true. When Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), a charming rickshaw driver, he seems like the solution to her ennui. Sensuous cinematography captures the oppressive summer, where characters drip with sweat and desire. Eventually, Margot must choose, but in the meantime her passivity is infuriating. What Margot really wants is to redress the gap between fantasy and real life. Unfortunately, writer-director Sarah Polley’s script underscores this repeatedly, rather than letting viewers discern it themselves. If only she’d trusted the exquisite uncertainty of Cohen’s music. 

REBECCA HARKINS-CROSS

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