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Love Actually (2003)

November 20, 2003

What a sweet, sweet movie from the writer of such classics like Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary and more.

The main theme of Love Actually is that love is actually all around us despite all the negative vibes lately (wars, terrorism, natural catastrophes). We follow a group of people in their search for love.

There is the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) who falls in love with one of his staff. At first he is confused because of this but later he succumbs to love.

Funniest character is definitely the old rocker Billy Mack (Bill Nighy). He is determined to get a #1 with his song "xmas is around..." despite admitting how crap it is.

All these characters have seemingly one thing common, which is the search for love. Later it turns out that all character are somehow related

Of all the character, I could relate the most with Jamie (Colin Firth). He falls in love with a Portuguese woman (Sienna Guillory Lucia Moniz) without speaking a word with each other. Later he learns to speak Portuguese in evening class just to be able to ask her father for her hand. His charming words include the phrase: "I would like you to inhabit England with me".

All in all a feel-good movie that I am looking forward to seeing again.

"When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love."

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  1. Hanna Says:

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    Jag vill se filmen, hörde recension på TV av två filmexperter; en (äldre man) tycker att filmen är toppen= ger 4 av 5 solar. Den andre (yngre experten; förresten make till modeltjej Ema Sjöberg) ger filmen bara 2 solar?
    Jag ska på bio, hälsningar maminka

  2. Gonçalo Silva Says:

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    Hi! i would like to make a correction here. The portuguese maid whom the writter in the movie falls in love with it´s not called Sienna Gallory like you say. Her name is Lucia Moniz, and she´s a portuguese singer/actress.
    Take care!

  3. David Says:

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    thank you for pointing that out! I realised it after I had written the post but did not get around changing it.

    I really like the tension between Lucia Moniz and Colin Firth, it was well acted.

  4. Gonçalo Silva Says:

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    hi david!

    Thanks for the reply! As you may imagine there aren´t so many portuguese actors in american/english movies so when one comes around it´s a matter of national pride! ; ) By the way, for the record, there are other two famous portuguese actors that have appeared in famous movies.One is Joaquim de Almeida,the "mexican mafia" leader in "Desperado" that everyone thinks is spanish. Other is Maria de Medeiros, that plays Bruce Willis wife/girlfriend in "Pulp Fiction" that everyone thinks is french.
    Greetings from Portugal!i´ll keep in touch!

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