TAKE THIS WALTZ (Mongrel, 2011) D: Sarah Polley, w/ Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen. Rating: NNN; DVD package: NNN Rating: NNN
Take This Waltz has something more interesting on its mind than the usual conventional romantic drama, but that doesn't come to light until well into the proceedings.
Margot (Michelle Williams) meets her new neighbour (Luke Kirby) and mutual sparks fly, but Margot is married. Her husband, Lou (Seth Rogen), loves her, but life is a bit dull and their sex is ho-hum.
The movie mostly focuses on Margot's ambiguous emotions. Williams handles them well and isn't afraid to be unlikeable. Rogen also gives a solid, naturalistic performance with unexpected depth.
The making-of doc gives the cast's interpretation of their characters and writer/director Sarah Polley's views on life as well as some interesting details about the visual approach to romanticizing downtown Toronto.
EXTRAS Making-of doc, photo gallery. English, French audio. No subtitles.