Take This Waltz
Canada, 2011 (fiction, 116 minutes, colour, English)
Also known as
"Bu Dans Senin", "Entre o Amor e a Paixão", "Notas de Amor", "Take This Waltz: Une histoire d'amour", "Volt egy tánc"
"Take This Waltz is a film about love, emptiness, romance, sex, and the progression of long relationships. Bittersweet, it oscillates between levity and the profound, catching us unaware and surprising us with its often uncomfortable intimacy."
-- Telefilm Canada
"Twenty-eight-year-old Margot (two-time Academy Award-nominee Michelle Williams) is happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a good-natured cookbook author. But when Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), their mutual attraction is obvious and immediate. To make matters worse (or perhaps better), Daniel lives right across the street. The two begin spending time together and try to restrain themselves from doing things they might regret, but the sweltering Toronto summer has a way of making certain desires more urgent. There are no easy answers here, no heroes or villains. The emotional texture of the performances -- perhaps most surprisingly from Rogen [...], whose depth of feeling proves as potent as his gift for comedy -- only heightens the film's complex dance of love. [...]"
-- Toronto International Film Festival
|Film Credits (partial):
||Susan Cavan, Sarah Polley|
||Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Aaron Abrams, Luke Kirby, Jennifer Podemski, Raoul Bhaneja, Vanessa Coelho, Matt Baram, Diane D'Aquila, Danielle Miller, Diane Flacks, Albert Howell, Avi Phillips, Jean-Michel Le Gal, Dustin Peters|
||Joe's Daughter Inc.|
Award won by Take This Waltz
Notes about Take This Waltz
- Filmed in Toronto and in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia.
- Shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011.
Quotes by the Director
"I ran into a film critic about eight months after Away from Her came out. He said, 'Just so you know, it doesn't matter what you do next. The reviews are already written. They're going to say, disappointing sophomore attempt. So this is the moment to do whatever you want.' It was the most liberating thing anyone ever said to me."
-- Sarah Polley
"I wanted [Take This Waltz] to be about restlessness and emptiness and all the ways we try to fill that gap in our lives. How often we fail at it, and how bewildering it is that we can't seem to fill ourselves up enough. How many dramatic things we will do... to try to dissolve this basic feeling of being human -- which is, I think, that there is always something missing."
-- Sarah Polley
"I've heard people say: 'It made me feel so good about leaving my long-term relationship.' I've heard people say: 'How could she leave such a great guy? I
hated her for that.' People feel very passionately one way or another, and they also feel certain that the film backs up their point of view."
-- Sarah Polley
"[Take This Waltz is] a celebration of Toronto in many ways; it romanticizes Toronto. One of my first ideas for the film was this was a film where you feel a living, breathing, hot, sultry Toronto. One that pops and is vivid with colour. I want to show Toronto the way I see and experience it [...]."
-- Sarah Polley
Quotes about Take This Waltz
"[Toronto's] recently gentrified west end gets a love letter in Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz. The emotionally naked film is set in the neighbourhood during a hot summer, full of torrid colours and amidst the new haunts of an emerging hipsturbia."
-- David Fleischer
"There is a scene, at the beginning of [Take This Waltz], of Margot at work in the kitchen, baking. It seems at first to be a deft, up-close-and-personal depiction of the nature of her daily life, of the rituals and habits of the everyday. But it turns out to be more than that -- it is an example of how context changes the way we see certain things in this film, and how we understand Margot and her choices."
-- Philippa Hawker
"Polley denies Margot any easy sense of empathy. She does not let her off the hook by making her husband an obnoxious or abusive bore, and she does not make Daniel a glowing knight on horseback."
-- Katherine Monk
"Margot is stubborn, decent and disciplined, but also selfish, needy and coy. Nobody in this film is just one way. Ms. Polley, as a writer, a director of actors and a constructor of images, excels at managing the idiosyncrasies and contradictions of her characters so that our knowledge of them is both intimate and mined with potential surprise."
-- A.O. Scott
Bibliography for Take This Waltz
- Fleischer, David. "Take This Waltz (2011)." In World Film Locations: Toronto, edited by Tom Ue, 114-115. Bristol: Intellect, 2014.
Newspaper or Magazine Articles
- Anderson, Melissa. "Take This Waltz." Review of Take This Waltz. The Village Voice, June 27, 2012.
- Anderson, Tyler. "Her dream realized: In a way, Sarah Polley has grown up with TIFF, so there was really only one place to premiere Take This Waltz." Interview with Sarah Polley. National Post, September 10, 2011.
- Barlow, Helen. "Polley puts the passion on." Interview with Sarah Polley. The West Australian, June 13, 2012.
- Barnard, Linda. "Dancing to a different tune: Seth Rogen's character in Take This Waltz is more like the real him." Interview with Seth Rogen. Toronto Star, June 29, 2012.
- Barnard, Linda. "Sarah Polley's waltz in the west end." Interview with Sarah Polley. Toronto Star, September 10, 2011.
- Barnard, Linda. "Tempted in Toronto." Review of Take This Waltz. Toronto Star, June 29, 2012.
- Bloom, Julie. "Sexuality and other female troubles." New York Times, May 13, 2012.
- Bradshaw, Peter. "Touching the void." Review of Take This Waltz. Guardian, August 17, 2012.
- Broverman, Alison, Sarah Lazarovic, and Anna Myers. "Cause of attraction." National Post, July 6, 2012.
- Burr, Ty. "Polley's 'Waltz' a muddled dance." Review of Take This Waltz. Boston Globe, July 6, 2012.
- Chang, Justin. "Take This Waltz." Review of Take This Waltz. Variety, September 19, 2011.
- Cockrell, Eddie. "A fine dance." The Australian, May 26, 2012.
- Dent, Nick. "Drama takes risks and whisks them up into a brilliant piece." Review of Take This Waltz. Sunday Telegraph (Australia), June 10, 2012.
- Ebert, Roger. "Take This Waltz." Review of Take This Waltz. Chicago Sun-Times, July 11, 2012.
- Gilbey, Ryan. "Take This Waltz." Review of Take This Waltz. New Statesman, August 20, 2012.
- Gleiberman, Owen. "Take This Waltz." Review of Take This Waltz. Entertainment Weekly, July 6, 2012.
- Globe and Mail. "Sarah Polley's lesson to filmmakers: Toronto can look magical, too." Globe and Mail, July 15, 2012.
- Harvey, Shannon. "A flawed but lovable story." Review of Take This Waltz. The West Australian, June 14, 2012.
- Hawker, Philippa. "Stepping lightly." Review of Take This Waltz. The Age (Melbourne), June 16, 2012.
- Hawker, Philippa. "Waltzing into love affairs: the search for fulfilment." Interview with Sarah Polley. The Age (Melbourne), June 16, 2012.
- Hynes, Eric. "Sarah Polley minds the gap." Interview with Sarah Polley. The Village Voice, June 27, 2012.
- Knight, Chris. "The hook of love." Review of Take This Waltz. National Post, June 29, 2012.
- Knight, Chris. "A waltz from her: Sarah Polley explores a more immature kind of love in her second film." Interview with Sarah Polley. National Post, June 27, 2012.
- Lacey, Liam. "In praise of cheaters: There's heat. There's warmth. But Sarah Polley's sophomore film is a fickle dance
partner, writes Liam Lacey." Review of Take This Waltz. Globe and Mail, June 29, 2012.
- Landesman, Cosmo. "Save the last dance for me: A married woman falls for another man, yet still loves her husband. Cosmo Landesman enjoys a quirky take on the infidelity theme." Review of Take This Waltz. Sunday Times (U.K.), August 19, 2012.
- Monk, Katherine. "The art of desire: Sarah Polley's fascination with romantic love forms the heart of her new movie." Interview with Sarah Polley. Ottawa Citizen, September 10, 2011.
- Monk, Katherine. "Polley's emotional truth challenges, but worth effort." Review of Take This Waltz. Winnipeg Free Press, June 29, 2012.
- O'Sullivan, Michael. "The illusion of love, actually." Review of Take This Waltz. Washington Post, July 6, 2012.
- Paatsch, Leigh. "Dancing up a storm." Review of Take This Waltz. The Advertiser (Adelaide), June 14, 2012.
- Patterson, John. "Relationship drama Take This Waltz brings Sarah Polley and Michelle Williams together, and John Patterson is impressed by the results." Guardian, August 11, 2012.
- Prickett, Sarah Nicole. "In praise of cheaters; Give me lust, give me adultery, give me death. That's what affairs are about, writes
Sarah Nicole Prickett, not the pale shadows and the lush lives we see on screen." Globe and Mail, June 29, 2012.
- Puig, Claudia. "Take This Waltz misses connection: Setting outshines film's strong cast." Review of Take This Waltz. USA Today, July 6, 2012.
- Rea, Steven. "On movies." Interview with Sarah Polley. Philadelphia Inquirer, July 8, 2012.
- Rea, Steven. "'Take This Waltz': Charming tale of love and heartache." Review of Take This Waltz. Philadelphia Inquirer, July 13, 2012.
- Roach, Vicky. "Chequered history of the amazing Ms Polley." Interview with Sarah Polley. Daily Telegraph (Australia), June 18, 2012.
- Schneller, Johanna. "Michelle Williams, in the sunlight, quietly." Interview with Michelle Williams. Globe and Mail, June 23, 2012.
- Schneller, Johanna. "My film is not autobiographical. Honest." Interview with Sarah Polley. Globe and Mail, September 10, 2011.
- Scott, A.O. "Sometimes attraction becomes a slow dance around the subject." Review of Take This Waltz. New York Times, June 29, 2012.
- Shoard, Catherine. "Take This Waltz." Review of Take This Waltz. Guardian, September 12, 2011.
- Shoard, Catherine. "'Things will work out, even badly': Sarah Polley's new film about the messiness of infidelity has prompted extreme and very personal reactions. She tells Catherine Shoard how much she has enjoyed the emotional fallout." Interview with Sarah Polley. Guardian, August 10, 2012.
- Stewart, Sara. "Flirting with adultery during Canadian 'Waltz'." Review of Take This Waltz. New York Post, June 29, 2012.
- Stratton, David. "Delicate dance." Review of Take This Waltz. The Australian, June 16, 2012.
- Teplitsky, Ariel. "West end Waltz." Toronto Star, June 29, 2012.
- Wheatley, Catherine. "Take This Waltz." Review of Take This Waltz. Sight & Sound, September 2012.
- Whitington, Paul. "Waltzing to the tune of real-life love." Review of Take This Waltz. Irish Independent, August 17, 2012.
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