Food in Canadian Film, Part 4: Take This Waltz

by Ilinca Enache

In Sarah Polley’s film Take This Waltz, 28 year-old Margot struggles to make sense of her feelings for her husband Lou in light of her recent flirtatious relationship with her neighbor, Daniel. Food plays a crucial role in this film: the type of dish Margot eats with each of the two men reflects the point they have reached in their respective relationships. A dull dessert, in other words, signals that the end is nigh. Margot always ends up in the same place: eating fruit salad, making blueberry muffins and living in what she sees as a dreary relationship.

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