Take this Waltz (15)

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Reviewer scotsean
A strange one thi.At one point i was going to leave, but the performances were so good i stayed.Some of the relationship dialogue i found beautifuly acted but a bit cloying.North american family get togethers never seem to ring true and this one confirmed that.I suppose that means three stars.I went with three friends, one loved it,two were so so and one was thinking about pruning his hedge.
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As usual, MT has summed up better than I could the strengths of this film - great performances, beautiful cinematography, an unusual perspective on relationships, an engaging story (despite the fact that it would be easy to disapprove of the self-inflicted problems of these rather self-indulgent characters). The way the three main characters can act, sometimes with very little dialogue, when the camera lingers on them, is extraordinary.

I have to disagree with MT on one point, though: the group shower scene was certainly not ill-conceived (although I agree that the sex montage was). If only the cinema had more scenes like this, where nakedness is presented in a non-sexualised context as the most natural thing in the world, and where bodies come in all shapes and sizes, we wouldn't react by deeming them 'out of place'.

[As of 29.8.2012, there's an uncorrected typo in MT's piece: for 'reigning' read 'reining']
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