Director: Sarah Polley
Stars: Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams, Luke Kirby, Sarah Silverman
Release date: June 29

Yes, it’s a soft, if not also familiar, premise: A married woman (here, Michelle Williams) begins to question her domestic ties to her hubby (Seth Rogen) after meeting an exciting charmer (Luke Kirby) by chance. Replace Williams with Jennifer Aniston and you’d have a painful rom-com that’s basically a slice of cinematic repellent for you and your hard-earned money, right?

If you’re nodding your head in agreement, you couldn’t be any more wrong. Written and directed by actress turned director Sarah Polley, Take This Waltz tells its story of possible infidelity without playing by any expected limitations—the plot transpires unpredictably, the humor is often countered by somber melancholy, and several scenes (including a Tilt-A-Whirl ride set against The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star”) are simultaneously enchanting and haunting.

Holding the whole poignant shebang together is Williams, the Academy Award nominee who’s second to none when it comes to embodying an emotionally fragile woman whose transgressions do little to diminish one’s sympathy toward her. Take This Waltz is the perfect date movie, in that it’s highly entertaining while also educational in regards of what not to do with your significant other.

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