’Tis the season to put your favorite holiday movies back on rotation and fill yourself up with holiday spirit — or, if you decide to pop in “Love Actually,” fill yourself up with tears and heartbreak galore.
The 2003 romantic comedy boats several emotional and intertwining storylines featuring a large ensemble cast of many of Britain’s finest actors. The relationships range from platonic friendships to romantic love triangles, but they all have one thing in common: they only feature heterosexual couples.
Turns out, though, the film’s original script had a storyline about an older lesbian couple that was left on the cutting room floor. It revolves around the headmistress at the school that Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson’s kids attend, and her partner, Geraldine, who’s suffering from a terminal illness. In the recently-resurfaced deleted scene, we see the headmistress coming home and chatting about her day with Geraldine. Later that night, the two are tucked into bed and Geraldine is seen coughing violently in her sleep. The scene then cuts to the school’s Christmas show where Thompson’s character makes a moving speech about the headmistress’ loss. In a movie filled packed with bittersweet moments, it might be the movie’s most emotional.
So how does this scene stack up against the movie’s other heartbreaking storylines? Here are some of the other ones that managed to fill our hearts and shatter them at the same time:
Mark and Juliet’s cue card scene.Giphy
Before he was murdering zombies as Rick Grimes, Andrew Lincoln was throwing stakes into our hearts as the lovesick Mark, who was pining after his best friend’s wife, Juliet (Keira Knightley). In a scene that could melt the North Pole, Mark professes his love for her in the most charming and tearful way — and even though it ends in a kiss, he knows that it’s “enough” and he has to move on.
Karen’s Joni Mitchell-soundtracked meltdown.Giphy
Actually, Karen’s (Emma Thompson) entire storyline is probably the film’s most depressing. After she realizes her husband’s been cheating on her with that stone-cold, pixie-haired seductress Mia (Heike Makatsh), Karen escapes to her bedroom and cries to Joni Mitchell, the woman she says taught her “how to feel.” But in a completely selfless move only typical of a mom who paper-mache’d a lobster’s head, she pulls herself together for the sake of her children.
The Sarah-Karl hookup that almost was.Giphy
Poor Sarah (Laura Linney) has been pining after Karl (Rodrigo Santoro) for “two years, seven months, three days and I’d say about an hour and 30 minutes.” But when she finally snags the opportunity to bring him back to her place, she has to ditch him mid-hookup to tend to her mentally ill brother.
Billy and Joe’s friendship.Tumblr
Fame doesn’t equate happiness, a lesson the vulgar-mouthed Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) learns when he finds himself uncharacteristically downtrodden at Elton John’s holiday party, and realizes his manager Joe (Gregor Fisher) is “the f—king love of his life.” It’s such a sweet moment and a reminder that loving your friends is just as valuable as any passionate relationship.
Jamie and Aurelia’s language boundary-transcending love.Tumblr
The conversations between Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurelia (Lucia Moniz) are heartbreaking enough: they obviously have fallen in love with each other, but they can’t express it in a way the other will understand. The moment when say goodbye in his car is enough to send shivers up your spine, but thankfully these two have a happy ending, thanks to Jamie’s adorable commitment to learn an entire effin’ language for her, just so he can ambush her workplace and and embarrass himself in front of everyone with a horribly-worded proposal. Love, actually, rules in this case.