Sarah Polley, as many of you hopefully know, is a wonderful actress who is starting to develop an equally impressive filmography as a director and writer. If you saw the trailer for her film Take This Waltz, you might take it for a fairly conventional romantic comedy, perhaps just a little off the beaten track. Needless to say, though, Polley eschews the cliched approach; this film is, in fact, more of a romantic drama, and a very bittersweet one at that. Margot (Michelle Williams) meets Daniel (Luke Kirby) on a business trip and they share a flight home, during which an attraction clearly develops between them, followed by a cab ride--at the end of which Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from her, and Daniel learns that Margot is married to Lou (Seth Rogen). Polley lets things develop in a rather slow and dreamy way, sort of in the manner of many European films. I was impressed with her direction and even more so with Michelle Williams' performance--clearly she's worthy of all the acting awards and nominations she's been snagging the past few years. Seth Rogen, cast strongly against type, also gives an impressive performance.
"May the hinges of friendship never rust, nor the wings of love lose a feather"--Scottish blessing