When Margot (Michelle Williams) meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction; she is happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook writer. When Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, her comfortable life is shaken up. Margot and Daniel steal moments throughout the summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint.
A quiet, intimate and strangely romantic movie Takes this Waltz tells the story of happily married writer, Margot (Michelle Williams) who finds herself returning from travelling for work sitting beside a man she can not help but be drawn to. The initial spark that appears between them is further fuelled when Margot learns that this man, an artist named Daniel (Luke Kirby) actually lives across the street from her.
Margot and Daniel strike up a surprisingly timid and private affair which carries on for some time before Margot’s husband, Lou (Seth Rogan) begins to get suspicious. Suddenly Margot finds her self torn between the two men, unable to decide who she really loves and further who she really is.
As ever Williams shines in roles such as the one she plays here in Sarah Polleys challenging romance, her character spends most of her time caught up in her own thoughts, yet portrays them to the audience with little more than a change of expression. One can not help but become quite wrapped up in her situation, despite the internal delicacy of it all.
Visually the film uses the brightness of cool colours, the distortion of what can really only be described as an underwater seduction scene and the dizzying intimacy of a camera that spins around and around the couple as they kiss for the first time. Polley has created a piece of art with a gentle soul that I was really quite taken with.
The other cast are a pleasant surprise, Rogan plays the sweet but dull husband as a character that you’re desperate to wrap in your arms and scream at in frustration, whilst Kirby is almost irresistible as the “other man”. Sarah Silverman’s small role as Lou’s alcoholic sister Geraldine also gives an extra layer of depth and character to the movie.
The internal nature of Take this Waltz does however make it a little difficult to sit through, there are long periods in which little is said and the visual appearances and physical performances of the movie are all the clues given to indicate the direction of the narrative. Yet it is a rewarding story that, with patience, is allowed to play out something very intimate and moving in its 116 minute runtime.