Love Actually is the movie that I kick off Christmas with.
I know it’s typical Richard Curtis romcom material, but something about it, just gets right in to the cockles of my heart.
So it’s been rather exciting news for me to hear that there were in fact some deleted scenes and that they have now been released. That is, I was excited… until I watched the first one. Then I was crying again.
In keeping in the tradition of this movie – being vignettes of some painful love – the deleted scenes got me right in the feels. As those who watch it annually, and I know so many of us do, you will know that Love Actually is the threading together of some very bittersweet, some beautiful, and some hilarious forms of love.
The first scene that has been released on the DVD’s bonus material features the stern school headmistress (played by Anne Reid), who we meet briefly in the theatrical release. Later we would have seen her coming home to her terminally ill partner Geraldine, played by one of my favourite character actresses Frances de la Tour. Curtis now says he does regret having to delete the scene and story line of the older lesbian couple. His point of it, which really is what I feel the movie is about even so, is that everyone you meet, no matter what you perceive them to be in their day-to-day life, has their own complicated love story to tell.
Speaking about his intent in the video, Curtis said, “The idea was meant to be you just casually met this very sort of stern headmistress and the idea was meant to be that later on in the film we suddenly fell in with the headmistress and you realise that no matter how unlikely it seems, that any character you come across in life has their own complicated tale of love.”
The pair share just two short scenes together, with the second featuring Geraldine coughing in bed before being comforted by the headmistress. There is also a third scene, which was also deleted, in which Karen, Emma Thompson’s character, announces that Geraldine has passed away.
It is in fact a real shame that the final edit features only heterosexual couples. They are very powerful scenes even if Curtis does feel they are “clumsy”.
Love Actually was released in 2003 and has an all star cast including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, a very young Thomas Sangster, Martin Freeman and Bill Nighy.
And I will be watching yet again next week, as it’s December… and Christmas can officially begin!