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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 .... sound 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
Robert Mountjoy .... first assistant camera
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
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)
Scott Beckman .... location production assistant: Louisbourg
Cole Dabney .... social media & marketing
Colombe Demers .... background adr performer
Matt Dunbar .... production assistant
Tricia Echlin .... office production assistant
Mike Follert .... stand-in
Focused on Food .... craft service
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
Mike Horechuk .... key location production assistant: 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
Fred Kamping .... location manager
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
Stanley Lidon .... assistant location manager
Jim Lovisek .... animal wrangler
Cathy MacDougall .... location production assistant: Louisbourg
Paul Mark .... assistant production coordinator
Mark McFadden .... assistant location manager
Julie McLeod .... stand-in
Jay Melnychuk .... stand-in
Jamie Minns .... executive project coordinator
Mike Mullen .... location production assistant
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
Gordon Pong .... location production assistant (as Gord Pong)
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 »
Margot:I should've called. I just didn't know what to say...
Lou:It's hard to know, I guess.
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34 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Polley and Williams Take Us on Quite a Precarious Dance, 14 July 2012
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

Sarah Polley proves her impressive directorial and screen writing debut, 2006's "Away from Her" starring a luminous, Oscar-nominated Julie Christie as an Alzheimer's patient, was no fluke with this incisive look at a most inchoate love triangle. With a title taken from Leonard Cohen's cultish song, this clear-eyed yet melancholic 2012 drama once again showcases Polley's prodigious acumen in capturing the complexity of adult relationships without casting blame or judgment on the parties involved. The focal point of the triangle is 28-year-old Margot, an aspiring writer from Toronto on an assignment in Nova Scotia to write the copy for a travel brochure on historic Louisbourg. There she meets Daniel, also from Toronto where he is a struggling artist and a rickshaw driver. An attraction is almost immediate but not consummated. When they fly home on the same plane, Margot discovers he lives just across the street from her, which complicates matters since she's been married for five years to Lou, a cookbook author specializing in chicken dishes. Their marriage is comfortable, and their interactions reflect a lived-in familiarity marked by cute practical jokes and quirky riffs of humor.

But what Margot sees in Daniel is something that's been missing in her life, a sexual spark that excites her, even though she dares not act upon it since she really does love Lou in spite of his foibles - including a certain apathy about their relationship that he thinks is perfectly normal. She could see spending the rest of her life with Lou, but she wonders if he is her soul-mate or whether it's worth the risk to find out if Daniel is really the one. Blinded by desires she had yet to tap in her marriage, Margot knows if she acts upon those feelings, there will come some point where she'll have to make a hard decision between Lou and Daniel. Michelle Williams captures Margot's inner conflict with palpable empathy as you see her character expose her thoughts in moments of quiet in which she is the harshest judge of her actions. It's a shining performance which compares favorably to her evocative Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn". There is a deliberate vagueness to the two men. As Daniel, Luke Kirby ("Mambo Italiano") manages to convey the lure of "the other man" without coming across as despicable even though it's clear he wants her from afar. At the same time, it's clear that Margot and Daniel have little in common, and they make you wonder how sustainable their relationship could be.

Seth Rogen does something surprising in this film – he acts. He still doesn't stray that far away from his shaggy-dog comic persona, but he realistically shows how Lou's contentment and impassivity bring Margot both lasting security and unresolvable fear and longing. Similarly, Sarah Silverman makes her few scenes count as Lou's plainspoken sister Geraldine, who is married with two kids and an alcoholic just out of rehab, especially when she tells Margot what she thinks of her ultimate decision. That Polley can coax such fine dramatic work from Rogen and Silverman is a credit to her growing confidence as a filmmaker. As a native Canadian, she also presents Toronto as a setting with its own unique identity (versus other directors who use it as a double for New York or Chicago), and her cinematographer Luc Montpellier brings a lushness to the images that adds to the intoxication Margot is feeling. There are still flaws – the ramshackle pace adds to an already lengthy 116-minute running time, and the climactic time-lapse montage feels out- of-place for a film that had tread so lightly before. Regardless, this film should play on a double bill with David Lean's "Brief Encounter" to show how mores have evolved about infidelity over seventy years. Whatever the outcome may be, the bottom line is that there are no easy answers.

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