While on a business trip, Margo meets Daniel, a man she is instantly attracted too. The two have instant chemistry, but Margot must suppress her attraction, as she is a happily married to her husband, Lou. Sarah Polley's directorial follow-up to her feature debut, Away from Her, proves that she is no one hit wonder. With Take This Waltz, Polley has crafted an incredibly intimate portrait of a woman whose at odds with herself after having an instant attraction to a man that is not her husband. Every character in this film feels very real, not a characterizations, as it's clear that the film respects these characters. I particularly loved the how the relationship between Margo and Lou is presented as being loving and intimate, yet we see small glimpses of unease from Margo throughout the film. At times the film plays more like a thriller as the sexual tension is unbearable when Margo and Daniel are together. I've heard criticism that the film is uneven, but I merely question whether anything involving so much emotion should be. This is a film that is directly from Margo's point-of-view, as she wrestles back and forth trying to decide between the man she viewed as the love of her life and this new man, who she can't seem to resist. The visuals are very expressive, aiding in capturing Margo's mindset, as well as delivering some beautiful compositions. While I was leaving the theater I heard a lot of people confused as to the point of the film, as it doesn't give us definitive answers or a clear resolution. To me it's a film about how love isn't easy, rather that it is hard work and in the end this void which Margo feels is not because of Lou but about her inability to understand herself.
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