A street­cart named de­sire

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH Now show­ing State Cin­ema

IF YOU do not al­ready count Michelle Williams as one of the best ac­tors in the busi­ness th­ese days, you must not get to the cin­ema very of­ten.

Why not make a change for the bet­ter and check out her ex­tra­or­di­nary work in an ex­cel­lent new film?

Williams hits a new peak in the lead role of Take This Waltz, an un­ortho­dox yet wildly en­gross­ing hy­brid of com­edy and drama from Cana­dian writer- direc­tor Sarah Pol­ley.

The story ini­tially un­folds as a se­ries of ran­dom sketches, de­signed to mir­ror the dis­tracted mind of a young woman named Mar­got ( Williams).

Mar­ried to Lou ( Seth Ro­gen), a suc­cess­ful cook­book au­thor, Mar­got is still look­ing to leave a mark of her own on the world.

She dab­bles in a lit­tle scrib­bling her­self, but her hus­band casts some­thing of a shadow on her con­fi­dence.

As the plot be­gins to take shape, it be­comes clear that a dis­par­ity in ca­reer prospects is the least of Lou and Mar­got’s prob­lems as a cou­ple. They are not con­nect­ing as they once did.

Lou is too pre­oc­cu­pied with his lat­est work, a de­fin­i­tive vol­ume on chicken recipes. Mar­got is dis­tracted also – by Daniel ( Luke Kirby), a free­wheel­ing rick­shaw driver who lives di­rectly across the street.

What starts out as a mild flir­ta­tion with pre­de­ter­mined bound­aries soon be­comes an out­right ob­ses­sion.

Mar­got tries to chan­nel this new- found ( and un­re­quited) sex­ual en­ergy into re­vi­tal­is­ing her re­la­tion­ship. How­ever, Lou still prefers the oven over lovin’.

The nar­ra­tive tri­an­gle link­ing Mar­got to Lou and Daniel is any­thing but con­trived or cliched.

Thanks to Williams’ great skill as an ac­tor, Mar­got’s long­ing for emo­tional ful­fil­ment cour­ses con­vinc­ingly from the screen in ev­ery scene.

Though Mar­got is def­i­nitely an ec­cen­tric soul – her wardrobe choices and propen­sity to speak in a va­ri­ety of voices are worth keep­ing tabs on – she is not a wacky car­i­ca­ture on any level.

The film has some se­ri­ous things to say about how cer­tainty and security in re­la­tion­ships can of­ten give way to com­pla­cency and tak­ing your part­ner for granted.

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