As a native son of Canada’s largest city, Toronto, I can’t help but get a bit excited when a film comes out in which my hometown plays a starring role. Actually, I should amend that to read, “when a film (which is actually good) comes out…” as there have been plenty of examples of the alternative in recent years, about which the less said the better.
Nonetheless, this weekend saw the opening of Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman, and written and directed by Toronto’s own Sarah Polley. The story focuses on a love triangle of sorts, a married woman whose affections become divided between two men, and from there the film explores all of the ways that love is complicated and inscrutable, in our times as much as any other.
The film speaks to classic themes and, for anyone familiar with Toronto, offers enough recognizable locations to give it a firm sense of place. Polley is one of Canada’s most talented young filmmakers, whose last film, Away From Her, received commendations from the likes of A.O. Scott and Roger Ebert. And if that wasn’t enough, as stated on this blog before, it’s my first belief that Michelle Williams is one of the finest actors out there.