New info from AFM, this one regarding Sarah Polley’s next directorial effort Take This Waltz, a comedy starring Seth Rogan, Michelle Williams and Sarah Silverman. Previously the only information we knew about Polley’s film was that it was a “bittersweet comedy” about a woman dealing with “two different types of love”. This new information, including a detailed plot synopsis, director’s notes, pics (some of which we posted previously) and cast info, sheds more light on the film, which is shaping to be a comedy more in the vein of James L. Brooks (As Good As It Gets) and Judd Apatow (Funny People).
This is Polley’s third full-length directorial effort after 2006’s Away From Her and 2002’s All I Want for Christmas. The actress has also starred in high-profile flicks such as last summer’s Splice and Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead. Of interest are her comments regarding her new film, which hint at something truly unique and creative. No release date has been set, though production started in July. Hit the jump for more on Take This Waltz.
When Margot, 28, meets Daniel, their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction: she is happily married to Lou, a celebrated cookbook writer.
When Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal moments throughout the steaming Toronto summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint. Margot finally gives in to desire and in doing so, discovers some unsettling truths about herself. Swelteringly hot, bright and colorful like a bowl of fruit, Take This Waltz leads us, laughing, through the familiar but uncharted question of what long-term relationships do to love, sex, and our images of ourselves.
Sarah Polley Director’s Notes:
Visually, this film will be a colourful feast for the eyes. Toronto in the summertime will feel alive, vibrant, and sweltering hot. Sexy, diverse, energetic and dreamy. Sexuality should pulse through almost every frame; primary, hot colours striking us to our core. The look of this film is defined by summer, bathed in golden light, the sweltering heat filling every frame, adding to the claustrophobia and eroticism of Margot’s journey.
The film will never feel static or composed. There is always a sense that we don’t know where the camera will go, there are no boundaries, nowhere that is off limits, creating a sense of anticipation. We are often going into emotional territory that feels intense and unexpected – we feel it visually as well. We don’t know what we are going to see next, and that is thrilling and nerve wracking at the same time. There is always a sense of breath in the camera. There is always the slightest movement. Almost the entire film is shot on steadicam, giving it a sense of grace and fluidity as well as a sense of life.
The soundtrack will be alive and pervasive and feature legendary songs by Leonard Cohen as well as the contemporary music of many emerging independent bands.
More Director’s Notes:
Take This Waltz takes us into territory we all know but rarely have the courage to explore. While it takes us into the belly of intimacy in a way that is often uncomfortable and intense, it should, above all, make us laugh.
While the film deals with profound emotion, just when we feel our hearts are breaking, we need the release of a guttural laugh. All three main characters display humor in the face of sadness and a lightness of touch. While the film will move us, it is never overly weighted on the side of sadness, but rather oscillates wildly between moments of joy and comedy, and difficult emotion. My hope is that the audience will be given enough courage by their laughter to recognize themselves in the characters. The moments that touch us creep up on us. The dialogue should keep us engaged and laughing.