Love Actually – 2003 – English
Film directed in 2003 by Richard Curtis, and starring Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Andrew Lincoln, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rodrigo Santoro, Rowan Atkinson, Billy Bob Thornton, Martine McCutcheon, Heike Makatsch, Lucia Moniz, Martin Freeman, Gregor Fisher, Joanna Page, Sienna Guillory, Elisha Cuthbert, Kris Marshall, Claudia Schiffer, Shannon Elizabeth, Denise Richards, January Jones, Ivana Milicevic, Olivia Olson…
Synopsis: In London, shortly before Christmas, a series of funny and moving stories intertwine. “Love, Actually” is a shortened way of saying “Love Actually Is All Around” and this is precisely the plot of the film: wherever you look, you will find love everywhere. All the characters, each in their own way (a prime minister, an old rock star, a Portuguese maid who only speaks his language), are related to the funniest, saddest, naive and stupid aspects of love.
Review: It has been a long time since I have seen a movie so rich in character that I did not want it to end. Love Actually is not a love story, it is a story about love. Love that reinvents itself, multiplies itself, opens itself up, and even devastates.
I am sure the film has its critics who say it drips in buttery corn. But when you are able to retreat inward and let it take you over, it is impossible not to feel. It is a rare treat – a film that makes you feel. During the process I was sad and happy and relieved. I was turned on, turned off, dizzy and grounded.
I was in love one time and it reminded me of that. The power of cinema can be that amazing, it can be that intense. The title of the movie is, perhaps, meant to confuse. Yet I believe it is designed to ask. Love Actually is … what?
Is it lust? Or a deep appreciation of the past? Can it be conquered by language or political barriers? Race? Infidelity? Age? Can it be all of the above plus more? Maybe a mingling of several?
It is rare for a film of great acting to be married to a terrific script. Yet it is something else for it to speak right to the audience; not talk at them, not try to sell them a film. Let them experience the film. Let it wash over them little by little until there is nothing more of them left.