Take this Waltz
Directed by Sarah Polley
Cornerhouse, 27 August 2012
It’s a chick flick – which is to say that there are elements of wish fulfilment, whimsy and unreality, and the male characters are little more than innocuous teddy bears – but one that’s stylishly made.
Our heroine Margot (Michelle Williams) meets a cute guy while working away on a copywriting assignment. They travel back together, flirting a little, and it transpires that he lives a few doors down from her on the same street. Trouble is, she is married, has been so for a fair number of years, so any romance is stymied from the get-go. The relationship with her husband is fine – a few niggles and blindspots, as with any relationship, but fine overall.
With that, you have the bare bones of the movie: will Margot turn in her slightly rusty but still serviceable hubby for a new model that has caught her eye? For some, this will be an intensely engaging and involving moral dilemma. Others will view it as a question on the order of: should the girl get a new pair of shoes or shouldn’t she bother? (And indeed, some may view this as a moral dilemma; I concede that point.)
While Margot considers her choice, an introspective song will occasionally play on the soundtrack. As mentioned, it is a stylishly crafted film.