A streetcart named desire
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.