Sunday, August 12, 2012
"Take This Waltz" Sarah Polley (2012)
Sarah Polley's "Take This Waltz" might be the most delicate film I've ever seen about the breakdown of a marriage.
It's been 5 years since Polley's underrated "Away From Her" and this latest film cements her status as one of the most important directors working today.
The film is elegantly written and executed with a remarkable subtlety.
This all sounds like high praise and it is.
The only problem is I'm pretty sure I hated this movie.
The film follows Margot, played by Michelle Williams, a happily married woman who suffers from an infatuation with her new neighbor, Daniel.
Daniel is one of those guys who thinks he's seductive but really just comes off as creepy.
Seth Rogen gives a surprisingly muted performance as Margot's clueless and then heartbroken husband, Lou.
The relationship between Margot and Lou is much more interesting than her crush on Daniel.
The couple has a touching playfulness about them, but it's hiding a lot of insecurity, pain and vulnerability.
As always, Williams gives a truly gorgeous and penetrating performance.
She more than deserves her third Oscar nod in a row.
And Sarah Silverman plays Geraldine, Margot's sister-in-law and the film's voice of reason.
For most of the film, I wasn't sure Geraldine's character was necessary, but at the end, she ties up the point of the film nicely.
Ultimately, "Take This Waltz" is about the pitfalls of discontent.
Polley is a remarkably understated talent and I can't wait to see her next film.
However, I don't ever want to see "Take This Waltz" again.