More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at the love story “Take This Waltz,” which finds Sarah Polley moving further away from her first career as an actress and deeper into her second career as a writer/director.
Director: Sarah Polley
Cast: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby
Official Synopsis: “When Margot (Williams), 28, meets Daniel (Kirby), their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction; she is happily married to Lou (Rogen), a cookbook writer. When Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal moments throughout the steaming Toronto summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint. Swelteringly hot, bright and colorful like a bowl of fruit, ‘Take This Waltz’ leads us, laughing, through the familiar, but uncharted question of what long-term relationships do to love, sex, and our images of ourselves.”
“‘Take This Waltz’ is proof that [Polley]’s a filmmaker with something to say.”
“This is delicate, beautiful work, well-observed and powerful, and I walked out of the theater emotionally rocked by the movie.”
“A worthy effort, continuing the actress-turned-director’s sensitive investigation into the endurance — and limits — of love over time.”
“Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen both hit career highs as a Toronto married couple smothered by their own coziness. But somehow, the material doesn’t seem ambitious enough for Polley.”
“There’s a virtuoso flash-forward that kicks off the film’s third act that’s one of the most audacious scenes you’ll see in any contemporary romance. And it’s full of ideas about modern love. But the script is overly literal at points: You feel the actors reading paragraphs.”
“Take This Waltz” is now available on demand.