Michelle Williams plays twenty-eight-year-old Margot, happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a good-natured cookbook author. But when Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), a handsome artist that lives across the street, their mutual attraction is undeniable. Swelteringly hot, bright and colorful, Take This Waltz leads us, laughing, through the familiar, but uncharted question of what long-term relationships do to love, sex and our image of ourselves.
"What's missing?" is a question contemplated at some point in every relationship. Margot (Michelle Williams) loves her husband Lou (Seth Rogan), but sometimes she feels unaccountably empty and anxious. When she meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), she denies her instant attraction because she's a happily married woman. But when chance and circumstance continue to throw the two together, Margot's restlessness and longing override her fear of the unknown and she acts on their mutual attraction. Margot's choice permanently alters her relationship with both Lou and Daniel, but what eventually becomes apparent is that true happiness depends more on learning to love oneself than on the love received from others. Take This Waltz
is an introspective, leisurely paced film that is sometimes graphic, is always heartfelt, and says more through meaningful looks and telling actions than with actual words. Luckily, Williams excels in this type of role and Rogan and Kirby also prove up to the challenge. --Tami Horiuchi