Take This Waltz

Synopsis: While on a plane ride back to Toronto from a writing assignment, Margot meets Daniel, a handsome stranger. An immediate attraction is formed and Margot is able to open up and discuss some of her fears and longings. A taxi ride back home causes Daniel and Margot to realize that they are neighbours and Margot admits she's married. The summer-time heat and her increasing fascination with the handsome artist who lives across the street starts getting to her, and Margot is no longer sure if she's happy in her marriage or if she'd be happier with her fantasies with Daniel.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Sarah Polley
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  3 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

In the name of the king.

Public humiliation.

Public punishment.

Everyone gather in the square

for the public humiliation.

Tired yet?

We're nowhere near done.

When are we gonna see the stoning?

And ... there's a special treat.

A one-time experience today in Louisbourg.

He shall be subjected to a lashing.

The likes of which he's

never experienced in all his days!

Vive Le Roi!

Long live the King!

Are you sorry? Are you contrite?


I see a lady...

... who'd like to try her hand on the thrashing.

Do I not?

No, please stop!

Please do not do it.

Do not do it!

No, I will not.

I came here to work, to

rewrite your official pamphlets.

Oh, but please, indulge me!

Put your back into it more!


Harder, harder!

Well done.

You've got a lot of nerves, sir.

Welcome to Montreal.

Connecting passengers ,

Please check the boards

for any updates to your departure times.


Hi. On the right hand side.

Thank you.



I think I'm sitting here.

Sorry, I know you from ...?

Public humiliation.

Well, obviously ...

Not before? Don't I know you

from somewhere else?

Not that I know of.

You look very familiar though.

Yes ...

Did you have an accident at Louisbourg;

- Sorry?

- Your wheelchair.

Something happened to your legs?

No ... I

I have just a constant issue with them...

I can not walk for than 5 minutes

without some help.

- Here you go.

- Thank you.

- You're welcome.

No, you don't.

Excuse me?

You do not have a constant issue with your leg.

Okay ...

You must have been walking a lot more than

And you really gave it when it came time

for the whipping, my friend.

Right, look, I'm just reading this.

No, you're not.

You're not reading that.

You were watching me me sleep.

You missed a spot.

This is where it is.

Yeah, got it.


Who orders milk on a plane?

It's tomato juice, a**hole, that's what

you order on a plane!

"Dreaming of Hitler."

Includes the famous essay...

Spanking of romance ...

Are you okay?

What are you reading?

I'm scared of airports.

That's why you read about

Hitler's spanking you?

Do you want me to answer or not?

I'm afraid of connections.

In airports.

Getting from one plane to another.

Runing and rushing, and not knowing ...

Trying ... to figure it out ...

Wondering if I'm gonna make it ...

What do you think will happen

if you do not succeed?

I think I may get lost ...

... And that I may rot and die ...

In ... some forgotten

Empty Terminal ...

... that nobody even knows exists.

And you miss your plane.

No ...

that's not really the fear ...

Then what are you afraid of?

I'm afraid of wondering if I'll miss it ...

I do not like being between things ...

I'm afraid of being afraid.

Sounds like the most

dangerous thing in the world.


We are making two stops ...

near Queen MacLaughlin ...


Yes, why, where do you live?

Pretty close, actually.

- I will walk from your place.

- Really?


Are you serious?

Yeah, why, where do you live?

Pretty close.

I am married.

Oh. That's too bad.

That's too bad. Because I live here.


Hey, baby.


I love you so much ...

... I'm gonna mesh your head

with a potato masher ...

I love you so much,

that I will put your spleen

into a meat grinder.

And it is gonna be a freaking

rusty meat grinder.

I love you so much ...

That ... I'll gonna inject your face ...

with a curious combination

of Swineflu and Ebola.

Wow, it made me laugh.

What time is your family coming over?

Whenever they manage to put their

kids in the car, so ..

Maybe ... a million o'clock.

I look forward to seeing the little Tony.

She's really, really nice.

I like to play with her.

Will you do the monkey?

That's nice.

I will, really.

I'm gonna play with Tony.

I know you are.

I know, too.

I know already.

I'm taking a shower.

- Knock knock!

- Who is there?

- Interrupting starfish.

- What interrupting starfish?

Well, this. Do you get it?

Knock it off!

Jerry! Jerry!

Why do not you want Tony to go

to the Montesouri?

I do want Tony to go to Montesouri!

- That's a lie!

- Speak clearly.

You want to play the princess restaurant?

Hello. Welcome to our restaurant.

Would you like some chicken?

It's okay, do not hit really.

Thank you.

I do not like the place so much.

It's a little bland.

It's a little bland.

Make sure to mark all the things

you do not like, Mom.

That's why we're doing this lunch.

I'll take them.

It's all wonderful.

Thank you.

And I like being served.

And I'd like you to sit down.

You deserve it.

I love these flowers.

I know aren't they pretty?

I tell you it does not help me.

Every book you read about it involves...

you know...

... people falling off the waggon 8 times ...

So you know, I'm good, I'm really good but ...

There is this looming, you know...

"waiting-to-fail"-ness ...

You look so well.

I know.

Really. I look in the mirror and want to f*** myself.

I honestly think that I look

better than before I gave birth to Tony.


Yes ... You look amazing!

- Thank you.

It is that kind of moment when you want

to try and win real quick.

I do not think you're gonna fail.

Don't look at me like that.

With this sincere look ...

... Like a baby dear.

The next time you wake up

inside me vomit ...

... You should feel

guilty about you, too.

Then do not do it.

Do not wake up in a pile of your vomit.

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Sarah Polley

Sarah Ellen Polley OC (born January 8, 1979) is a Canadian actress, writer, director and political activist. Polley first garnered attention for her role as Sara Stanley in the Canadian television series Road to Avonlea. She has starred in many feature films, including Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Guinevere, Go, The Weight of Water, My Life Without Me, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Dawn of the Dead, Splice, and Mr. Nobody. more…

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