Sarah Polley makes a welcome return to directing with her first feature since Away from Her. Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman and Michelle Williams star in this bittersweet story about a married woman struggling to choose between her husband and a man she’s just met.
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Give yourself to the moment, even if it is not longer than a ride in a carousel.
I just loved what Sarah Polley did here. "Take this waltz" is a fantastic movie about love, life and marriage! Michelle Williams was so cute and Seth Rogen did a great job, too, although he was a little too kind in the end.
It almost felt too real, like I was unintentionally/unwillingly living through both Williams' and Rogen's characters vicariously. Beautifully done, especially the montage of Rogen at the table coming to terms with his wife's emotional infidelity, and the following reveal of his cold-water shower prank, the moment on the ride with Williams and Kirby, every moment with Sarah Silverman. I really loved this film.
Despite a little awkwardness in script, a little overinsistent symbolism (the carousel) & some impasto 'intimacy' between husband & wife, there are many moments of poignant brilliance (the Rogen montage, the beautifully matter of fact shower scene). Of course, I can watch Michelle Williams till the cows come home & longer.
Although some scenes were breathtakingly poetic, others seemed too desperately 'indie' in that absurdly cliché way,and the film doesn't really says much we don't already know- or deduce from the first ten minutes of the film. Silverman's character is completely out of touch with the ambiance that Polley tried to create but Williams' performance was hands down one of the best of the year.
It's got Screenwriting 101 tactics: using obvious metaphors and incongruent cutesy descriptions that feel like tack-ons (he cooks chicken, but the other guy tows tourists around on a rickshaw). There's a couple of genuine moments, but the rest of the movie is hard to sympathize with, because it transposes childishness for the very real doubts of love between partners, and pompous speeches for real catharsis
You know this is a Canadian production because naked bodies of all sizes and shapes are beautifully displayed (see the collective shower scene). Something you would never ever see in an average Hollywood production. PS. The world needs more Sarah Silvermans. Best use of a Leonard Cohen and The Buggles' songs in a long, long while. I waited five years for this movie. It was worth it. Poetic justice.
Now, I love Michelle Williams (and she is the sole reason to see this mediocre movie) but Jesus, this movie is the Olive Garden of Indie relationships Dramedies! Everything is Lackluster but there's one entree that does the job right. Blah.