Did you know that Michael Haneke originally turned his back on Palme d’Or-winning “Amour” because he had seen an unnamed Canadian film that treads the same ground? At the time, we came up with two possibilities for the work being referenced: Denys Arcand‘s “The Barbarian Invasions” or Sarah Polley‘s “Away From Her,” but with Cannes now over, we’re convinced as ever that the film in question is Polley’s directorial debut.
In an roundabout way, it’s a huge compliment to Polley, especially now that Haneke’s film has gone on to take the top prize from the Croisette. But the Canadian actress-turned-helmer has her own new film, “Take This Waltz,” starring Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams, Luke Kirby and Sarah Silverman, hitting this summer. Two new clips have arrived to give you a sneak peek at the picture, which has already earned much acclaim from the Playlist team.
Our review from the film’s TIFF premiere described it as a “modernist version of a late ’60s or early ’70s relationship film,” and added that the movie “deals with profound emotion. Just when we feel our hearts are breaking, we will feel the release of a laugh…it is never overly weighted on the side of sadness, but rather oscillates wildly between moments of joy, levity, and difficult emotion.”
One of our Most Anticipated Indie Films Of The Summer, the film is currently available on demand and will hit theaters on June 29th. The first clip is embedded below and is courtesy of MTV, while Vulture have another one that you can check out on their site.