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Michelle Williams ... Margot

Seth Rogen ... Lou

Luke Kirby ... Daniel

Sarah Silverman ... Geraldine

Jennifer Podemski ... Karen
Diane D'Aquila ... Harriet

Vanessa Carter ... Tony (as Vanessa Coelho)
Graham Abbey ... James
Damien Atkins ... Aquafit Instructor

Aaron Abrams ... Aaron
Dyan Bell ... Dyan

Albert Howell ... Albert
Danielle Miller ... Danielle

Matt Baram ... Matt
Avi Phillips ... Avi
Diane Flacks ... Diane

Cheryl MacInnis ... Flight Attendant
Ciarán MacGillivray ... Soldier (as Ciaran MacGillivray)
Roy MacNeil ... Period Priest
Sandy MacLean ... Town Crier

John Dunsworth ... Tourist
Barnieta Runnings ... Shower Lady #1
Mary Pitt ... Shower Lady #2
Rosalind S. Feldman ... Shower Lady #3 (as Rosalind Feldman)
Mike Follert ... Man on the Porch

Jean-Michel Le Gal ... Police Officer
Samantha Farrow ... Threesome Lady
Dustin Peters ... Threesome Dude
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Mansbridge ... Himself - CBC Anchor (archive footage) (uncredited)

Llyane Stanfield ... Traveler (uncredited)

Directed by
Sarah Polley 
Writing credits
Sarah Polley (written by)

Produced by
D.J. Carson .... line producer
Susan Cavan .... producer
Sarah Polley .... producer
David Sandomierski .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jonathan Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Luc Montpellier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Christopher Donaldson 
Casting by
John Buchan 
Jason Knight 
Production Design by
Matthew Davies 
Art Direction by
Aleksandra Marinkovich  (as Aleks Marinkovich)
Set Decoration by
Steve Shewchuk 
Costume Design by
Lea Carlson 
Makeup Department
David R. Beecroft .... hair department head
Catherine Boyd .... first assistant makeup artist: Louisbourg
Jim Macdonald .... first assistant hair stylist: Louisbourg (as Jim MacDonald)
Jo-Ann MacNeil .... first assistant makeup artist
Leslie Ann Sebert .... makeup department head
Sondra Treilhard .... first assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Craig Cameron .... production manager: Halifax
D.J. Carson .... unit production manager
Joanne Jackson .... production manager
Claude Nearing .... production manager: Louisbourg
Douglas Wilkinson .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Bocknek .... third assistant director (as Adam 'Bucky' Bocknek)
Missy Dingman .... trainee assistant director
David Forsyth .... second assistant director
Daniel J. Murphy .... first assistant director
Art Department
Rob Bonney .... head carpenter
Malcolm Byard .... set dresser
Carlos Caneca .... lead set dresser
Dwight Doerksen .... construction coordinator
David Evans .... on-set dresser
Neil Floyd .... first assistant art director
Aaron Godd .... set dresser
Robert Grani .... set decorator: Louisbourg (as Rib Grani)
Alexandra Hooper .... set buyer
Elis Lam .... first assistant art director
Raymond MacDonald .... on-set dresser: Louisbourg
Rob McCallum .... storyboard artist
Samuel McDonald Lemoine .... set dresser: Louisbourg
Mario Moreira .... assistant property master
James R. Murray .... property master (as Jim Murray)
Robert Olah .... set dresser
Victor 'Chikko' Ouon .... head painter
Dave Rosa .... key scenic artist
Sasha Sergejewski .... assistant property master: Louisbourg
Travis Staley .... on-set carpenter
Rachel Woroner .... art department production assistant
Balint Zasko .... artist: original art work
Sound Department
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist
David Berti .... dolby sound consultant
David Caporale .... second assistant sound editor
Kathy Choi .... foley editor
Kathy Choi .... sound effects editor
Erik Culp .... foley recording mixer
Brian Gallagher .... adr recordist
Steve Hammond .... foley artist
Kirk Lynds .... re-recording mixer
Travis MacKay .... adr recordist
David McCallum .... adr editor
David McCallum .... dialogue editor
Steve Medeiros .... first assistant sound editor
Joe Morrow .... studio assistant
John Naslen .... adr recordist (as John Naslun)
Ian Rankin .... foley recording mixer
Lou Solakofski .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Paul Talbott .... adr recordist
Jane Tattersall .... supervising sound editor
John J. Thomson .... sound mixer (as John Thomson)
Alan Zielonko .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Tim Lidstone .... special effects technician
Laird McMurray .... special effects coordinator
Matthew Tulk .... key special effects
Visual Effects by
Corina Clarin .... visual effects coordinator: Rocket Science VFX
Gary Couto .... compositor: Rocket Science VFX
Robert Crowther .... visual effects supervisor: Rocket Science VFX
Tony Cybulski .... compositor: Rocket Science VFX
Kaitlyn Lovatt .... compositor: Rocket Science VFX
Joel Skeete .... compositor: Rocket Science VFX
Iqbal Zafar .... compositor: Rocket Science VFX
Alison Reid .... stunt coordinator
Robert C. Shannon .... water safety
Camera and Electrical Department
Allan Angus .... generator operator
Max Armstrong .... second second assistant camera
Lori Ann Bellefontaine .... generator operator: Louisbourg (as Lori Bellefontaine)
Pierre Berube .... best boy electric
Michael Blatchford .... second assistant camera
Sean Burton .... electric
Bill Campbell .... lamp operator
Andrew Caney .... grip
Jason Capstick .... grip: Louisbourg
Robyn Clarke .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Johnny Cochrane .... first assistant camera: "bv" camera, Louisbourg (as John Cochrane)
Terry Daly .... grip: Louisbourg
Byrd Dickens .... lamp operator
Matt Eakin .... lamp operator: Louisbourg
Rob Eshelby .... lamp operator: Louisbourg
Darcy Fraser .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Louisbourg
Michael Gibson .... still photographer
Gerald Gillis .... lamp operator: Louisbourg
Jim Holmes .... best boy grip (as James Holmes)
Sean Jensen .... camera operator
Sean Jensen .... steadicam operator
Robert Johnson .... key grip
Terry Kelly .... gaffer
Dino Laurenza .... camera operator: "b" camera
Forbes MacDonald .... camera operator: "b" camera, Louisbourg (as Forbes McDonald)
Scott MacDonald .... dolly grip: Louisbourg
Scott MacDonald .... key grip: Louisbourg
Jason McGowan .... grip
Rob Mountjoy .... first assistant camera (as Robert Mountjoy)
Akira Nishihata .... first assistant camera:
Bob Poole .... generator operator
Marc Purdy .... grip
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Augustina Saygnavong .... camera trainee
Jordan Schella .... gaffer: Louisbourg
Dean Skerrit .... best boy grip: Louisbourg (as Dean Skerrett)
Craig Stewart .... grip: Louisbourg
Alan Sweet .... best boy electric: Louisbourg
Riley Turner .... camera trainee: Louisbourg
Todd Voogt .... grip: Louisbourg
Greg Whiteside .... playback operator
George Willis .... underwater camera operator
Richard D. Leko .... best boy rigging grip (uncredited)
Richard D. Leko .... daily key rigging grip (uncredited)
Robert C. Shannon .... dive supervisor (uncredited)
Robert C. Shannon .... underwater camera grip: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Matthew Campbell .... casting: Louisbourg, BG
Zameret Kleiman .... background casting
Wendy Ross .... casting consultant: Louisbourg, BG (as Wendy Cohen Ross)
Jane Spencer .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ciara Brennan .... costume truck coordinator
Isabel De Biasio .... costume set supervisor (as Isabel Debiasio)
Roslyn Hanchard .... assistant costume designer
Michele Harney .... costume truck coordinator
Madeleine Stewart .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Darcy Arthurs .... digital intermediate producer
Michael Dobroski .... colorist: dailies (as Mike Dobroski)
Luis Freitas .... first assistant editor
Joscelyn Goode .... film timer
Rob Gyorgy .... digital intermediate on-line editor (as Rev. Rob Gyorgy)
Graham Hoselton .... front end supervisor
Margaret Hutz .... digital film technician (as Margaret Mansell)
Mark Kueper .... digital intermediate colorist
Andrew Pascoe .... digital film supervisor
Kurt Reid .... dailies assistant
Location Management
Scott Beckman .... location production assistant: Louisbourg
Mike Horechuk .... key location production assistant: Louisbourg
Fred Kamping .... location manager
Stanley Lidon .... assistant location manager
Cathy MacDougall .... location production assistant: Louisbourg
Mark McFadden .... assistant location manager
Mike Mullen .... location production assistant
Gordon Pong .... location production assistant (as Gord Pong)
Music Department
Alexander Andresen .... composer: additional music
Kevin Banks .... music editor
Michael Banton-Jones .... score mixer: Wanted Studios
Jody Colero .... music supervisor
Jonathan Goldsmith .... musician: guitars, keyboards, programming
Ben Grossman .... musician: hurdy gurdy
Christine Leslie .... music licensing: Silent Joe
Hugh Marsh .... musician: violin, baritone violin
Rob Piltch .... musician: nylon string guitar
Transportation Department
Patrick Batchelor .... transportation co-captain
Fred Campbell .... driver: Louisbourg
John Cocks .... driver
Michell Desnoyers .... transportation captain: Louisbourg (as Michelle MacEachern)
Norm Henderson .... driver
Stuart Hughes .... driver
Jason Leeking .... transportation captain
Kent MacDonald .... driver: Louisbourg
Paul MacEachern .... transportation coordinator: Louisbourg
Shelley Mansell .... driver
Hugh McCallum .... driver
Joe Norris Sr. .... driver
John Ozlins .... transportation coordinator (as John Ozolins)
Gilbert Russell .... driver: Louisbourg (as Gilbert Russel)
Bruce Stewart .... head driver: Louisbourg
Maurice Tremblay .... driver
Jeff Taylor .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Other crew
Kevin Alakas .... first assistant accountant
Cynthia Amsden .... unit publicist
Eric Armstrong .... dialogue coach
Samantha Armstrong .... script supervisor
Brian Backman .... set production assistant: Louisbourg
Lisa Barry .... caterer: Louisbourg, Action Catering
Shauna Barry .... caterer: Louisbourg, Action Catering
Maev Beaty .... background adr performer (as Maev Beatty)
Cole Dabney .... social media & marketing
Colombe Demers .... background adr performer
Matt Dunbar .... production assistant
Tricia Echlin .... office production assistant
Mike Follert .... stand-in
James Fraser .... sales executive: Technicolor Toronto
Jonathan Gajewski .... production assistant
Justin Gajewski .... production assistant
Sharon Glicklich .... set server
Patricia Hamilton .... background adr performer
Barbara Hancock .... craft service: Focused On Foods
Alan Hollett .... craft service server: Louisbourg
Matt Hunwicks .... set production assistant
Tanja Jacobs .... background adr performer
Paul Jennison .... production accountant
R. Emerson John .... script supervisor: splinter unit dailies
Norma Jean Jones .... background adr performer
Samantha Kates .... set server
Mazi Khalighi .... assistant to director
Alex Kontsalakis .... payroll accountant
Robert Lamkin .... chef training: Chef Robert Catering
Richard Lee .... background adr performer
Jim Lovisek .... animal wrangler
Paul Mark .... assistant production coordinator
Julie McLeod .... stand-in
Jay Melnychuk .... stand-in
Jamie Minns .... executive project coordinator
Tony Nappo .... background adr performer
Andrea Nesbitt .... production coordinator
Cailin O'Neil .... production coordinator: Louisbourg
Thomas Pepper .... office production assistant (as Tom Pepper)
Jordan Pettle .... background adr performer
Rodger Pike .... craft service server: Louisbourg
Cory Pioveson .... set production assistant: Louisbourg
Diane Pitblado .... dialogue coach
Selwyn Richards .... food stylist
Dug Rotstein .... script supervisor
Colette Thomas .... office production assistant: Louisbourg
Lucy Veale .... executive project coordinator
Shaun Whitford .... set production assistant: Louisbourg
Joe Iacono .... financial consultant and auditor (uncredited)
Christopher Warre Smets .... documentary producer (uncredited)
Raoul Bhaneja .... thanks
Atom Egoyan .... thanks
Katie Holmes .... thanks
Sarah Manninen .... thanks
Don McKellar .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for language, some strong sexual content and graphic nudity
116 min | Canada:91 min (censored version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital EX (US version) | Dolby Stereo (DVD version)

Did You Know?

Director Sarah Polley chose to use the song Video Killed the Radio Star in key scenes because it was her brother's favorite song.See more »
Factual errors: In the beginning of the film a day passes by showing the relative movement of the sun - the light moving on the walls. The sun moves from west to east.See more »
Lou:At least I have my testicles.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Great MoVie Mistakes (2013) (TV)See more »
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49 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
You might not agree with what it has to say, but Polley has made a bold and impressive film, 26 December 2012
Author: Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA

Common terms associated with movies about infidelity would be "lust," "passion" and "betrayal," yet all those things are suspiciously absent from Sarah Polley's infidelity drama, "Take This Waltz." Her film is about as anti-soap opera as you can get — careful to avoid melodrama and dedicated to sidestepping any and all conventional depictions of adult relationships in film.

It seems odd to call Polley bold for showing it like it is, the way that she drags us through the head of her main character, Margot (Michelle Williams), who so undeniably loves her husband, Lou (Seth Rogen), yet cannot deny her feelings for Daniel (Luke Kirby), a man she meets while away for work who turns out to be her neighbor. However, when it comes to filmmaking, anything that deviates from Hollywood reality can make an audience uncomfortable, so it takes some guts to ignore that filmmaking impulse.

Consequently, a good chunk of viewers will be turned off or frustrated by "Take This Waltz," losing patience with the inaction of its characters and pulling their hair out over the tension oozing out of the most casual character interactions. Yes, "Take This Waltz" can be so uneventful that it verges on pointless, but in time Polley's intentions become very clear.

As Margot and Daniel get closer, they don't really get closer, and as Margot and Lou drift apart, they actually come off as in love as they've ever been. For much of the film, it's in Margot's head that the cheating is actually happening. Her thoughts and actions are not in sync and it becomes extremely difficult for us to find empathy for her because we feel as though she needs to act on her feelings, to either voice her displeasure to Lou or throw herself at Daniel. That's the Hollywood impulse calling.

Polley continues to resist, and as challenging as it becomes to watch at times, her film comes out better for sticking to its convictions. As she clearly intended, a switch flips in a scene in which Margot and Daniel ride an indoor Scrambler as "Video Killed the Radio Star" plays, an in the loopy chaos of the scene, we (and Margot) find a certain clarity in understanding what's going on between the main characters.

There's a definite phantasmagoria to Polley's style as well that while visually engaging contrasts a bit with what's otherwise such a nuanced, completely believable film. Several scenes play out like dream sequences, but we later can confirm they actually happened. She seems quite content to toy with our expectations and challenge what we think we know to be true about how love works.

You couldn't cast a better actress than Williams with a performance that's so hard to pull off. We only identify with Margot because we see her humanity, but it's tough to understand her and in some cases even like as a third-party observer of her story. Williams should be lauded for volunteering for this experiment and selling it as well as she does, especially when you consider that Kirby is a total unknown and Rogen is a poster child for modern comedy, for formulaic comedies that are such a far cry from "Take This Waltz."

The end of the movie is bound to bother a lot of people, while others will be intrigued at the choice and make peace with what Polley has to say because she frankly makes a good argument. Fidelity gets such a black-and-white portrayal in film and television, though maybe that's a societal thing because of its prominence in religious code. Nevertheless, she utilizes every tool at her disposal to present the gray area that we so quickly jump to deny and shudder to embrace.

It's tough to really enjoy a film that doesn't emotionally click, in which we don't feel with our hearts that things should've turned out how they did, but Polley has such a beautiful directorial style and conveys her intentions so clearly that "Take This Waltz" warrants a certain degree of respect for its bold yet so honest and impressively perceptive take on love.

~Steven C

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