In 2006 Sarah Polley moved from being in front of the camera to behind it to make her directorial debut AWAY FROM HER. Before that audiences and critics only knew her as a very accomplished actress who gave powerful performances in films such as Atom Egoyan's EXOTICA and THE SWEET HEREAFTER as well the underrated indie MY LIFE WITHOUT ME. Her first film, AWAY FROM HER, displayed her delicate and skillful touch as writer and director. It movie tells the devastating final act of a marriage involving a wife with Alzheimer’s and a husband coping with the ramifications.
Polley’s new film, TAKE THIS WALTZ, also centers on a marriage. Margot and Lou have been married five years and their relationship is still playful and healthy. They make each other laugh and enjoy spending time together. Lately, though, they don't seem to share the same passion that made them decide to spend their lives together. Margot has developed a very sudden crush on Daniel, a hunky artist who’s living across the street for the summer. While Margot and Daniel try to play off their feelings restraint leads to a stronger desire, causing Margot to make very difficult decisions that could ruin her life and her marriage.
Like her first feature Polley uses a simple set up in order to tell a very complex tale. Her focus is more on the feelings and mindset behind a character’s actions, in this case Margot, rather than the action itself.
With TAKE THIS WALTZ, which stars Michelle Williams, one of the best actresses working in Hollywood, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, and Luke Kirby, Sarah Polley takes another interesting, funny, and honest look at love and marriage.
Don't miss TAKE THIS WALTZ, opening this Friday at Slaughter Lane. Here’s what critics are saying about it:
“Honest, sure-footed, emotionally generous.” –A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“Williams is…a wonder to watch. It seems she has the capacity to literally shed her own skin.” –Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
“TAKE THIS WALTZ confirms Polley as a serious, intelligent talent.” –Catherine Shoard, The Guardian
“Writer-director Sarah Polley [wrings] maximum tension, humor and emotional complexity from a young wife's crisis of conscience in TAKE THIS WALTZ…This intelligent, perceptive drama proves as intimately and gratifyingly femme-focused as Polley's 2006 debut, AWAY FROM HER.” –Justin Chang, Variety
“[The] film works a seductive magic, partly because the actors are so persuasive, mostly because it boldly sidesteps practical questions and creates an arthouse version of romantic escapism.” –Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times