If you’d told me that Seth Rogen would be the pleasant surprise of a quiet indie relationship drama starring Michelle Williams, I’m not sure I’d have believed you. This is her territory, after all, if it is anyone’s. (See also: Blue Valentine.) But even as the rest of Sarah Polley‘s Take This Waltz lurches between moments of understated heartbreak and scenes of thudding obviousness, Rogen quietly proves once and for all that despite his comedy roots, he’s got some serious dramatic chops.

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After making her directorial debut in 2006 with Away From Her, about an elderly couple battling dementia, Sarah Polley‘s returning once again to the topic of marital strife. In her sophomore effort Take This Waltz, the characters in question are much younger and dealing with a whole different set of problems, but based on the trailer and clips we’ve seen so far, it seems that Polley’s assured, graceful touch remains a common thread.

Indie-drama queen Michelle Williams stars as Margot, who finds her happy marriage to Lou (Seth Rogen) thrown into question when she develops an irresistible attraction to a handsome neighbor (Luke Kirby). Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Sarah Polley‘s latest directorial effort, Take This Waltz, stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen as a couple struggling with fidelity and the complexities of dealing with love and sex as Williams’ character is tempted by a strong, sudden attraction to another guy (Luke Kirby). The film premiered at TIFF last year, and gained notice for Williams’ performance, and for the rare dramatic turns by Rogen and Sarah Silverman, who plays his sister.

Magnolia will release the film this year, and a trailer has just been released. It is based on a sensitive monologue from Williams, which is followed with an effective Lost in Translation trailer-style montage in which we see hints of the characters’ lives and dilemma. Read More »

Multi-hyphenate Sarah Polley first gained attention as a director at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, where she premiered her first feature, Away From Her. Subtle and bittersweet, the film demonstrated an assuredness not often seen in such young, relatively inexperienced filmmakers, and Polley was rewarded with several nods and wins when awards season came. This year, Polley will return to TIFF to premiere her follow-up project, Take This Waltz — and thanks to three new clips that have hit the web, we have a decent idea of what to expect.

The new film stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen as a married couple whose relationship hits a rough patch when Williams’ character finds herself tempted by a new man (Luke Kirby). Sarah Silverman also appears, as Rogen’s sister. Watch the videos after the jump.

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If you’re more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer’s glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually TIFF features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries.

Below you’ll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. Read More »

The Toronto International Film Festival has just announced the first fifty or so films from its 2011 line-up today, including new works by Alexander Payne, the Duplass Brothers, Sarah Polley, and Madonna, and many, many others. In the process, TIFF also released a crop of brand-new photos from several films from the schedule. Hit the jump for new photos from the following:

  • Derick Martini’s Hick, starring Blake Lively and Chloe Moretz
  • The Duplass Brothers’ Jeff Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms
  • Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston
  • Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, and Sarah Silverman

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Let’s skip the formalities, shall we? Sarah Silverman is co-starring in Sarah Polley‘s film Take This Waltz, and for the first time in her career, she will be appearing naked. As in: full-frontal nudity. The context of this scene is unknown, but her first line in the film is, “I look in the mirror, and I wanna f**k myself.” If there were ever an appropriate time for Silverman to bare all for the screen, it sounds like this is it.

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Sarah Polley is putting together a film she’ll direct as a follow-up to the sad and terrific Away From Her, and she’s just landed Sarah Silverman to appear alongside Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams. Take This Waltz is about “a young woman (Williams) whose struggles with infidelity leads her to the realization that she may be addicted to the honeymoon period of her relationships.”

Rogen’s character is married to Williams;  Silverman plays Rogen’s sister. Based on what we’ve heard of the script, which Polley also wrote, this will probably be tipped slightly more to the dramatic side of the scale, though I know it has significant funny aspects. I’m always happy to see comediennes play drama, so I hope Silverman’s role isn’t purely intended as comic relief. [Variety]

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