Posts Tagged ‘Take This Waltz’

Critics Roundup — June 28

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Magic Mike |Green||Green||Yellow
People Like Us |||Green||Yellow
Beasts of the Southern Wild (NY, LA) |Green||Green|Green|Green
Ted |Yellow||Green||Yellow
Take This Waltz (NY)|Green||Green|Green|Green
Neil Young Journeys (limited) ||||Green|
Unforgivable (limited)|Green||Green||

DP/30@ TIFF: Take This Waltz, writer/director Sarah Polley

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

(there are some sound issues in this interview. apologies. we did our best to correct a production problem.)

TIFF ’11 Review: Take This Waltz

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Take This Waltz completely slayed me.

With her 2006 feature film debut, Away from Her, Sarah Polley examined the intricacies of a long-term relationship through a couple married for many decades, who were faced with one of them dealing with early-onset Alzheimer’s. In that film, she explored marriage, infidelity, and commitment with a deeply innate understanding of the complexity of relationships that was remarkable for a director who was, at that time, only 27.

Five years later with Take This Waltz, she explores a similar theme through a different lens, with a story that revolves around what happens to the marriage of a late-20s couple, Margot (Michelle Williams) and Lou (Seth Rogen), when Margot makes a connection with Daniel (Luke Kirby), a handsome, charming neighbor who gives Margot the attention she craves from her well-intentioned but distracted husband.

Among the many things Polley nails with both her script and direction is the way in which we tend to grow complacent in long-term relationships. That’s just the way it goes, right? At the beginning, when things are budding and new and fresh, there’s a palpable excitement to this connection you’re making with another person, when the sexual chemistry is so intense it feels like it colors the world. You feel tingly and giddy and everything suddenly seems to be made brighter, more vivid, by the feelings flooding through you that you can’t quite explain or get a handle on.

Sarah Polley Birthing New Film At TIFF, Newborn In About 6 Months

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Sarah Polley Birthing New Film At TIFF, Newborn In About 6 Months

TIFF’11 Preview: Galas and Masters

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Next week the Toronto International Film Festival will kick off, and cinephiles, film critics and industry folks will be running amok all over downtown Toronto, rushing to get to screenings and saying things like, “Hey, I’d love to chat, but I’m rushing to get to the new Cronenberg! Catch you for drinks later?” And sometimes the drinks happen, but often they don’t because you’re just tired from seeing four or five films and you still need to write about them.

Every year, I try my darnedest to carefully plot and plan my schedule, only to have this or that throw it awry. So this year, I’ve decided to try something different. I’m using the TIFF preview as a way of narrowing down a list of the films I really want to see, and then I’ll look at the press schedule each day and catch as many of them as I can. If there’s two playing opposite each other (usually the case), maybe I’ll coin flip or something.

To kick things off, here’s a look at the films I’m most interested in seeing from the Gala, Masters and Special Presentation sections of the fest; more previews of the other sections will be coming shortly.

Sarah Polley Turns Camera On Nova Scotia

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Sarah Polley Turns Camera On Nova Scotia