July 31, 2014

Films

Love Actually – 2003 | 135mins | Comedy, Romance | Colour

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Plot Synopsis

Love Actually

London lives and loves collide as ten loosely intertwining vignettes mingle and climax on Christmas Eve – with romantic, hilarious and bittersweet consequences for anyone lucky, or not so lucky, enough to be under loveís spell. Richard Curtis, the king of romantic comedy and screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Notting Hill (1999) and Bridget Jonesís Diary (2001) steps behind the camera for his directorial debut in this poignant comedy. The heavyweight ensemble cast deliver the quality performances you would expect but its Bill Nighy‘s jaded rock star impersonation that steals the show. The skilfully interwoven portmanteau story is a masterpiece of cinematic saccharine set in a comfortably middle-class fairytale London that doesnít exist, but itís difficult to resist a film so brimming with heart-warming charm.

The stories involve the newly elected bachelor Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) instantly falling in love with a refreshingly real member of the staff (Martine McCutcheon) moments after entering 10 Downing Street. To a jilted writer (Colin Firth) escaping to the south of France to nurse his re-broken heart, finding love with a Portuguese cleaning lady that canít speak English. From a comfortably married woman (Emma Thompson) suspecting that her unfaithful husband (Alan Rickman) is slipping away. To a new bride (Keira Knightley) mistaking the distance of her husbandís best friend for something itís not. From a schoolboy seeking to win the attention of the most unattainable girl in school. To a widowed stepfather (Liam Neeson) with a crush on Claudia Schiffer, trying to connect with a stepson who has fallen in love with the most beautiful girl at his school. From a lovelorn junior office worker (Laura Linney) seizing a chance with her long-tended, unspoken office crush. Then thereís a sex-starved loser (Kris Marshall) heading to the United States with a rucksack of condoms to find love. To an aging ďseen it all, remember very little of itĒ drug addled rock star (Bill Nighy) orchestrating a shameless end-of-career comeback with a grisly Christmas version of Love Is All Around.

Production Team

Richard Curtis: Director
Justin Warburton-Brown: Art Direction
Rod McLean: Art Direction
Michael Coulter: Cinematography
Joanna Johnston: Costume Design
Nick Moore: Editing
Graham Johnston: Makeup Department
Laura McIntosh: Makeup Department
Kate Benton: Makeup Department
Craig Armstrong: Original Music
Tim Bevan: Producer
Eric Fellner: Producer
Duncan Kenworthy: Producer
Jim Clay: Production Design
Richard Curtis: Script
Glenn Freemantle: Sound Department
Michael Price: Sound Department
Amie Stephenson: Sound Department
David Stephenson: Sound Department
Jon Olive: Sound Department

Cast

Hugh Grant: The Prime Minister
Colin Firth: Jamie
Emma Thompson: Karen
Keira Knightley: Juliet
Alan Rickman: Harry
Liam Neeson: Daniel
Bill Nighy: Billy Mack
Martine McCutcheon: Natalie
Laura Linney: Sarah
Rowan Atkinson: Rufus
Kris Marshall: Colin Frissell



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