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Take This Waltz (2011)

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A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street.

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Sarah Polley

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Sarah Polley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Williams ... Margot
Seth Rogen ... Lou
Luke Kirby ... Daniel
Sarah Silverman ... Geraldine
Jennifer Podemski ... Karen
Diane D'Aquila Diane D'Aquila ... Harriet
Vanessa Carter Vanessa Carter ... Tony (as Vanessa Coelho)
Graham Abbey ... James
Damien Atkins Damien Atkins ... Aquafit Instructor
Aaron Abrams ... Aaron
Dyan Bell Dyan Bell ... Dyan
Albert Howell ... Albert
Danielle Miller Danielle Miller ... Danielle
Matt Baram ... Matt
Avi Phillips Avi Phillips ... Avi
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Storyline

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 napierslogs

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, some strong sexual content and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 2012 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Bu Dans Senin See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$137,019, 1 July 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,237,514, 23 September 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital EX (US version)| Dolby Stereo (DVD version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer and 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 »

Goofs

Margot makes a date for 2 PM Eastern Standard Time in August, when it must be Eastern Daylight Time. See more »

Quotes

Margot: You look so well.
Geraldine: I know.
Geraldine: Really. I look in the mirror and want to fuck myself.
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Connections

Referenced in Comedy Central Roast of James Franco (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Take This Waltz
Written by Leonard Cohen and Federico García Lorca (as Federico Garcia-Lorca)
Performed by Leonard Cohen
Publishing Courtesy of Stranger Music (BMI)
Administered by SONY/ATV Publishing Canada (SOCAN) All Rights Reserved
Used by Permission of EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)
Master Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.
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When you just need to get Leonard Cohen stuck in your head
23 February 2013 | by wandereramorSee all my reviews

This film shouldn't work nearly as well as it does. Take This Waltz centres around a two-suitors plot that was tired a century ago, takes place in a hipster-utopia version of Toronto, has multiple comedic actors who've worn out their welcome doing Serious Roles, and its characters are either selfish or dull. But Take This Waltz also has a kind of magic that can wash over the most jaded cinema viewer and make you forget that you've seen it all before.

Maybe it's Sarah Polley's direction, or maybe it's the brilliant performance of Michelle Williams that makes her character likable against all odds. Maybe the thematic statement about the perils of looking for adventure and the need for constant romance is something that we need affirmed more often against the tide of romcoms and gooey melodramas. Maybe it's just that I really want to live in hipster- utopia-Toronto. But this film stuck with me for days afterwards, its scenes playing over and over in my mind, blotting out all the rest of the disposable entertainment. There are so many indelible images here: a public shower scene which plays pranks on the male gaze, that goofy but somehow powerful 360-degree-rotation montage, and of course the final scene, a coda that grants its central character and us along with her a moment of unmediated joy. And it's that joy that the film understands as being something we maybe have to pursue no matter what its cost. Michelle Williams' abashed smile gives us a taste of that adventure, and like the rest of the movie, it's damn hard to resist.


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