Take This Waltz [Blu-ray]
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The important thing in the life is to figure out what is really important and hold on to them. Rather than chasing the "mirage" created by the excitement, it is better to ride out the boredom by discovering new trait from old people or things, include ourself. So when you feel you will give in to the temptation, you can watch this movie and see whether you still want to do it or not.
The film opens with a beautiful song, light quirky words, slightly on the folk side. The opening montage is a set of close ups of Margot making cup cakes. One of the last shots is of her sitting in front of the oven, a man in shorts walks past and the montage ends with an out of focus shot of the man standing in front of a bright window. I describe this very carefully because the film closes with exactly this same series of shots. They are identical, except for one small detail; the man is wearing long pants.
The film then moves to a town on the east coast of Canada where Margot writes the new brochure copy for a Colonial town. A man taunts her to participate in a mock flogging. He ends up sitting next to her on the plane home. Turns out he lives across the street and they share a cab home, as they part ways she says under her breath, "I'm married." Margot is married to Lou, a chef writing a chicken cookbook.
This next paragraph has spoilers in it. If you would rather not know some details, skip this paragraph.
Ultimately, Margot ends up having an affair with Daniel. The literal interpretation of this affair is that she is a horrible person, doing what so many people do. She should be in love with her funny schlub of a husband. Her life is fabulous and she should be happy. Instead she falls for this handsome sexy guy across the street. I contend that there is another way to look at this film. Lou wore shorts a lot in this film. Daniel never wore shorts once, in fact the director made sure we got to see his Capri pants, they were always long pants; even at the beach.Read more ›
There's a shower scene at a swimming pool that juxtaposes the young bodies of the main characters with those of older women. The scene has been described as "ugly," perhaps deemed so because it was frank and not a male gaze POV. The younger women daintily shower; the older women truly wash themselves. The younger women gab about wanting to escape the humdrum of their lives, to which an older woman interjects: "New things get old." The younger women turn and gaze at the older women. We are left to imagine their thoughts. Watching the scene was uncomfortable, but it was a refreshing display of female nudity.
A recently sober character talks about the inevitability of their relapse. We weigh the inevitability of the main character's adultery. The character later says, "Life has a gap in it. It just does. You don't go crazy trying to fill it like some lunatic," which is funny and strains belief given the scene. Maybe that's heavy-handed, but the two quotations given seem to be the only saving grace of this film for reviewers who gave it 1 star, so maybe spelling things out is needed.
The scenes set at the Video killed the Radio Star (new supersedes old) ride were more telling than the quotations. In one scene, the young woman takes this ride alone. We can assume this is a ride that she has taken with her husband a long time ago. In the other scene, she takes her neighbour there and they share a few minutes of exhilaration in the darkness, flashing lights and loud music. The music stops and the lights come on: the ride is ended. They, and we, are surprised and disoriented. We know a ride always ends, yet we are surprised, resentful or seek another (which will also end).Read more ›
The two are different from each other. Margot feels the space between them but does not want to explore what is happening on a deeper level until she meets a carefree urban hobo / artist by chance when visiting a local landmark. She later realizes that he lives across the street from her. Daniel, the artist seems to see past her normal facade and made up excuses and stories. He calls it for what it is and makes her realize that she does not want everyday security but a raw deep connection with someone who feels her being deeply and allows her to be an individual.
The film is shot in beautiful urban Toronto. The backdrop and streets are full of color and life. The main characters of Margot and Daniel are played by the talented and adaptable Michelle Williams and hunky, deep and slightly mysterious Luke Kirby. Michelle gives a great performance of a young woman who is not sure what is lacking in her life. She tries to hold on to the things that others say are good for her and struggles with being pursued by a slightly obsessive suitor. The cerebral and sexual tension between the two actors heightens as the film progresses. One of the best non sex, erotic scenes happens in a cafe where Daniel tells Margot what he will do with her (this happens about 45 minutes into the movie).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great movie, no matter whether you believe it was a daydream or not. Personally, I think it was her daydream that came from her boredom that we all go through in life. Read morePublished 20 days ago by B. Bowers
I've watched this movie twice, and both times had the same reaction - a series of wows followed by an internet search to figure out why it hasn't won a slew of awards. Read morePublished 26 days ago by HG
Absolutely loved this movie. Michelle Williams is truly amazing in it. The subtleties of some of her facial reactions are just amazing. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Rob in CA
I was lucky enough to see this movie without knowing anything about it beforehand, so it took me on a journey through turns I had not expected. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mattgb1
This is a sweet and melancholy search for the real deal love by Margot, played exquisitely by Michelle Williams. Read morePublished 3 months ago by New Orleans gal
Enjoyed the characters, and Silverman did a great job as an alcoholic. Funny but sad. Williams and Rozen were great together and the storyline was interesting and thought... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Trish & Jerry