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Take This Waltz

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Drama about love, temptation has lots of mature content.

Movie R 2012 116 minutes
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TAKE THIS WALTZ is beautiful, thought-provoking, and filled with graceful, cinematic moments and breathtaking performances. (Williams is especially good, as is Sarah Silverman, surprisingly, as Lou's alcoholic sister, Geraldine). It explores, with great intelligence, what happens in relationships when they feel settled and when something (or someone) comes along to destabilize them, even unintentionally.

It's also peppered with some overly precious moments (though overall the dialogue is phenomenal), and the lovely set design and direction sometimes cross the line into self-conscious hipsterdom (there are too many soft-focus scenes). And, it has to be said, the subject matter is somewhat self-indulgent, too. We understand that Margot is suffering from a kind of ennui that, at first quietly and then explosively, destructively renders what once was satisfying into tedium. But we've seen this in other movies already. The grass may be greener, but is it worth crossing the fence? Still, TAKE THIS WALTZ is a small film with a lingering, potent effect -- rather like meeting someone new you think you could love when you're with someone you already do.

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