It's debatably one of the best christmas films ever, with Bill Nighy grooving his way to the top of the UK music chart and Hugh Grant sliding his way around number 10 Downing Street, but the story of festive feelings has one glaring oversight: out of all the 10 couples featured, there is not one same-sex relationship.
The film opens with Hugh Grant wistfully narrating about what it's like to love in the current age, voicing over a scene of countless embraces at Heathrow airport's arrivals gate.
"If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around."
While that sentiment is beautiful and hopefully true in some shape or form for everyone, the loving relationships covered in the 2003 film vary from male to female, parent to child, sibling to sibling, friend to friend, colleague to colleague, but neglect to even mention the possibility of a homosexual partnership.
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However, as it turns out, Love Actually had a lesbian storyline that would've crumpled us into tears of devastation more so than the time Andrew Lincoln appeared at Keira Knightley's door and serenaded her with cue cards. It just never made it to theaters.
In the deleted scenes of the released DVD, an interview with director Richard Curtis reveals that the lesbian storyline was cut out due to a previous scene being scrapped. The relationship was between the headmistress at Emma Thompson’s son’s school and her terminally ill partner, whom you can see her caring for in the clip below. But unfortunately an interaction with Thompson's son and the headmistress was cut from the film and thus rendering the subplot nonsensical.
Although Curtis was "really sorry to lose" the addition, it would seem that ultimately the characters weren't major enough to include. Or maybe just because the storyline was super depressing.
"The idea was meant to be that you just casually met this very sort of stern headmistress. Later on in the film ... we suddenly fell in with this headmistress and you realize no matter how unlikely it seems that any character you come across in life has their own complicated tale of love."
Do you think they should've kept this storyline in?