Girls Film Night – Take This Waltz

Another movie night with the girls. This time it was the Canadian romantic comedy drama, Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman and Luke Kirby.

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The film follows part of the life of Margot (played by Williams) who is five years into a marriage with Lou (played by Rogen). There is clearly something not right between them as they interact like children one minute and then suddenly they are unable to become intimate. The one time you do see them about to have sex it all seems a bit rushed and clinical. It seems strange that they are constantly telling the other that they love them, and they seem very loving in some parts of the film, yet in others they are so very distant. I guess this is just the staleness of marriage (I hope not all).

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Enter Daniel (played by Kirby). actually he appears right at the start of the movie, and at first I found him a bit creepy. He seems to follow Margot around like a stalker, or a dog, but then I remembered that is what guys do to us girls and I cut him a little slack. He is drawn to Margot and wants to start something with her, even though he knows she is married and in fact meets her husband Lou.

I love a scene in the film where Margot and Daniel go on an indoor fairground ride. The music was brilliant (you have to watch it to find out what it is).

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So, Daniel and Margot meet up a few times and chat, flirt etc. There is one bit in the film where they are walking together and it looked like a man walking with his daughter. Michelle Williams appears quite young and childlike early on in this movie and it was a little weird.

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Something that really struck me from this film; there is a truly wonderful scene near the beginning of a family get together at Margot and Lou’s house. His sister, his mother, plus loads of other people and kids. Everyone is talking, laughing and eating all at the same time and it was absolutely spot on. It could easily have been a fly on the wall of any family get together. Lou’s sister, Geraldine (played by Silverman) is wonderful, and late in the film tells Margot some home truths when Margot comes to see the family (SPOILER ALERT – her and Lou separate and she moves in with Daniel – END OF SPOILER).

What struck me was how when relationships go awry, you don’t just lose a loved one. You stand to lose EVERYONE associated with that person. Their family. Their friends. People who you had a great thing with are suddenly out of bounds for you. And that hurts.

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The contrasts in the relationship between Margot and Lou are highlighted spectacularly in several scenes. She is baking and Lou comes into the kitchen and ignores her. He is cooking, and Margot wants to cuddle him but he wants her to get off. They go out to dinner and are one of those couples that aren’t talking; she says let’s talk and he actually says why? I know everything about you already. I wanted to scream at him and say listen you are losing your wife.

With Daniel, Margot talks and has a little bit of a laugh though she never has that same silliness with him that she shared with Lou and that is quite sad. I think about the few guys I have had a relationship with in my short life so far, and the ones who I could truly be myself with, that I could be silly with, were the best relationships and among the best times of my life. Margot lacks that with Daniel.

SPOILER ALERT – They eventually move in together and there is the most fantastic scene where their life is shown over an undetermined period where they go from having lots of sex together, to sex with other people, to being together, to ending up sitting on the sofa in front of the television and not talking which is exactly what Margot was shown doing with Lou earlier in the film. Then she is baking and Daniel walks into the kitchen and ignores her. Basically, she ends up in exactly the same situation she was in with Lou, but she has lost that playfulness, that silliness that she shared with Lou. It is heart-breaking, but brilliantly portrayed. END OF SPOILER.

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Overall I loved the film. I would strongly recommend it, but I would say give it a chance. The first ten minutes seem a little slow and you aren’t quite sure what is going on with some little bits but give it a go and you won’t regret it. As a score, I would give this a solid 7 out of 10.

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