Shalom Life | October 31, 2014

REVIEW: Seth Rogan, Sarah Silverman Shine in 'Take this Waltz'

Sarah Polley's film depicts the slow dance that is relationships

By: Daniel Horowitz

Published: July 27th, 2012 in Culture » Film » Reviews

REVIEW: Seth Rogan, Sarah Silverman Shine in 'Take this Waltz'
I have somewhat of a built in movie reviewer. It lays somewhere within my bladder. If a movie has caught my attention, and I find it compelling and entertaining enough, I will ignore the need to urinate after finishing my second massive Diet Coke, no matter how much it hurts.

Had I known how much I was going to enjoy Take this Waltz, the latest film directed by Toronto’s own wunderkind, Sarah Polley, I would have come to the theatre wearing an adult diaper to ensure that I didn’t miss even one minute of the film’s true to life dialogue, and the gorgeous shots that did for Toronto, what Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love, did for Italy.

I must admit, that as a born and bred Torontonian, I will see any movie in which Toronto is one of the stars. This film starkly and poignantly depicts a sweltering Toronto as the backdrop to a sweltering love affair between Michelle Willams’ Margot and Luke Kirby’s Daniel. The only problem, well, one of the problems with their affair, is that, Margot is married to Lou, portrayed in a kind and all-too-forgiving manner by Seth Rogan.

While Margot clearly loves her husband, as he loves her, their relationship lacks a maturity, and the sexuality that the repressed Margot so desperately needs. As a writer of a chicken cookbook, Rogan touches breasts and thighs regularly, just not the ones belonging to his sexually frustrated wife.

The heat of a beautifully and colourfully lit Toronto is used brilliantly to convey the heat of Margot and Daniel’s unconsumated love affair, particularly a scene in which the two all but perform a sexual underwater ballet, which, despite being under the water, still conveys plenty of heat.

Suffice it to say, the message of the film is that “even new things get old,” a line uttered in the film. Another line, delivered, ironically by an underused Sarah Silverman, to her sister-in-law, Margot: “Life has gaps. You just can’t go crazy trying to fill them.” It’s an ironic moment because Silverman, an alcoholic, has been doing just that for God knows how long.

I must admit, as someone who never before has felt empathy for Seth Rogan, who usually portrays the wise-cracking, crude and pot-smoking asshole, I was shocked and surprised by just how much I wanted to give the big lug a hug after Margot’s eyes – and mind – began to wander.

Take this Waltz, the name of the Leonard Cohen song which plays an important role in the film, is a sometime methodical, always compelling, and beautifully shot film that makes wearing adult diapers perfectly understandable.

Dafy Hagai Challenges Everything You Think You Know About Israeli Girls Dafy Hagai Challenges Everything You Think You Know About Israeli Girls TrendingAmy Winehouse Exhibition Lands in Tel Aviv Amy Winehouse Exhibition Lands in Tel Aviv TrendingDirector Ari Cohen Discusses His Latest Doc, ‘The Family Farm’ Director Ari Cohen Discusses His Latest Doc, ‘The Family Farm’ Trending
 

Lena Dunham and Celebrity BFF’s Raise Awareness For Planned Parenthood

October 30, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Lena Dunham and Celebrity BFF’s Raise Awareness For Planned Parenthood

The 'Girls' creator has designed a shirt for the women's rights organization

Read More

Seth Rogen Will Play Steve Wozniak in New Steve Jobs Bio Pic

October 30, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Seth Rogen Will Play Steve Wozniak in New Steve Jobs Bio Pic

Rogen is in negotiations to star as the Apple co-founder alongside Christian Bale

Read More

A New Pee-Wee Herman Movie Has Been Confirmed

October 30, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
A New Pee-Wee Herman Movie Has Been Confirmed

Paul Reubens told Jimmy Fallon that Judd Apatow will be producing the reboot

Read More

Breakthrough Jew - Joshua Meier

October 30, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Breakthrough Jew - Joshua Meier

18-year-old Meier won the Best in Category Award in cellular and molecular biology at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his work in harnessing the aging process to treat diseases.

Read More

Startup Club: Cat2See

October 30, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Startup Club: Cat2See

The Israeli company has created an app that lets you play with your cats, monitor them, and even feed them when you're not home

Read More

Why the Mastermind Behind Leon Klinghoffer’s Murder Went Free

October 30, 2014 | By Stephen M. Flatow, JNS.org
Why the Mastermind Behind Leon Klinghoffer’s Murder Went Free

Amid the ongoing controversy over the Metropolitan Opera's performance of "The Death of Klinghoffer," little has been said about the Palestinian leader who masterminded the attack in which Klinghoffer was murdered

Read More

This Israeli Prison Hosted a Fashion Show for its Inmates

October 30, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
This Israeli Prison Hosted a Fashion Show for its Inmates

The Holy Land's only female prison debuted what and what not to wear while incarcerated

Read More

Haaretz Publish Cartoon Depicting Netanyahu as Pilot Behind 9/11 Attacks

October 30, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Haaretz Publish Cartoon Depicting Netanyahu as Pilot Behind 9/11 Attacks

Twitter responds, naturally, with outrage

Read More

More Headlines