Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.
While on a plane ride back to Toronto from a writing assignment, Margot meets Daniel, a handsome stranger. An immediate attraction is formed and Margot is able to open up and discuss some of her fears and longings. A taxi ride back home causes Daniel and Margot to realize that they are neighbours and Margot admits she's married. The summer-time heat and her increasing fascination with the handsome artist who lives across the street starts getting to her, and Margot is no longer sure if she's happy in her marriage or if she'd be happier with her fantasies with Daniel. Written by
Yet another example of society's sexist double standard!
'TAKE THIS WALTZ': Four Stars (Out of Five)
Actress Sarah Polley's second feature directorial effort (after 2006's 'AWAY FROM HER'), which she once again wrote as well. This one tells the story of a married woman who falls for a rickshaw driver that lives across the street from her. The film stars Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby and Sarah Silverman. I haven't seen 'AWAY FROM HER' but with this film Polley definitely proves herself to be a very talented director. It's also highlighted by stellar performances from both Williams and Rogen.
Williams stars as Margot, a married freelance writer who lives with her husband Lou (Rogen) in Toronto. Lou is a cook who's writing a book on all chicken recipes. The two appear to be in love and happily married. While on a business trip Margot meets Daniel (Kirby) and although the two recognize each other they're not sure from where. They have a meaningful conversation on their plane ride home and Margot confesses that she's married. The two get a cab ride home together when they discover they live across the street from each other. Although Margot constantly says she still loves Lou, who's a very loving husband, she longs for what life might be like with Daniel.
Many say this movie is yet another example of society's sexist double standard that it's OK for women to cheat on men but if men do it to women they're jerks. Margot is the hero of the movie and her flaws are shown as understandable ones and even though Lou is a great husband it does appear like he's still depicted to be somewhat at fault for her unhappiness. I don't agree with the apparent message of the film but that is life and the situation is still very believable and relatable. You don't have to agree with Margot or even like her to understand the film. With that said Williams is still amazing in the role and proves once again that she's one of the most talented actresses in film today. Rogen is very good and believable as well and it's nice to see him trying something more serious (like all popular comedic actors eventually do). This is the perfect role and level of drama for him to try to branch out with in my opinion. He and Williams really make the film work together (and of course Polley's intelligent script and moving direction). The film is powerful in it's own way and you can decide for your own whether you like and agree with the characters or not.
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