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Love Actually - Preview



Preview by: Jack Foley

‘Everywhere you look, love is causing chaos.’ And so unfolds the premise for the latest romantic comedy from Four Weddings and a Funeral/Bridget Jones’ Diary scribe, Richard Curtis.

Love Actually, which opens in UK cinemas on November 21, reads like a who’s who of British cinema, with a few big name Americans thrown in for good measure.

For starters, there’s Curtis regular, Hugh Grant’s new, bachelor Prime Minister, who falls in love 30 seconds after entering Downing Street with Martine McCutcheon’s cockney tea-lady, as well as a jilted writer (Colin Firth) who escapes to the south of France in the hopes of nursing his broken heart.

There’s also a middle-aged woman (Emma Thompson) having trouble with her husband (Alan Rickman), a schoolboy with a crush on the prettiest girl in the school, whose architect step-father, a recent widower (Liam Neeson), has a crush on Claudia Schiffer, and a bride (Keira Knightley) having problems with her husband’s best man Andrew ‘Teachers’ Lincoln.

Oh, and not to mention, an ageing rock star attempting to make a comeback at any price (Bill Nighy), who shamelessly steals the show.

In Love Actually, the London lives and loves of these characters collide, mingle and climax on Christmas Eve - again and again and again - with romantic, poignant and funny consequences for all.

 

The film marks the directorial debut of celebrated screenwriter, Richard Curtis, who had previously only penned Four Weddings, Bridget Jones and Notting Hill, and further cast members include Laura Linney, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things), Gregor Fisher, Joanna Page, Rowan Atkinson and Thomas Sangster, as well as brief cameos from the likes of January Jones (American Pie: The Wedding), Elisha Cuthbert (24) and Billy Bob Thornton.

The idea for the project began to emerge during the filming of Notting Hill, when Curtis confesses to taking the decision to write nine or ten romantic comedies at the same time, while on holiday, using little incidents from his own past, and the lives of the people that he knew.

The challenge then became to convey the movie’s message, that contrary to popular opinion today, in a world forever scarred by the effects of terrorism, and the war against it, love still manages to thrive and is more active than people imagine.

Concludes Curtis, who has chosen to book-end the film with scenes of people greeting each other at an airport arrivals hall, after watching the joy on their faces while sitting in one in Los Angeles, this is a reality worth clinging to.

"I’m very haunted by what constitutes being ‘realistic’ - if I had to say, to me The Sound of Music seems to be quite a realistic piece of work. That film, which is accused of being totally saccharine, says two things: that good people hated the Nazis, which they did; and that lots of people fall in love and love their children, which they do.

"So there seems to me to be more truth to that than something that’s called a searingly realistic drama, because all over the world, every minute of every day, people are falling in love. I say that no matter how dark the world gets, the actual texture of life has a lot to do with love."

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