'Love Actually' has long become a Christmas viewing staple, so you would think at this stage our poor hearts could handle the site of Emma Thompson opening her Christmas present from Alan Rickman. But nope, it still breaks us every single time.
Thompson's character Karen spots a beautiful necklace in husband's Harry's pocket (that we know he went to great pains to get) in the weeks leading up to Christmas. When the time for giving presents arises, Thompson instead gets a Joni Mitchell CD, and in that one moment, she knows. She KNOWS. And it's so heartbreaking but also so utterly beautifully portrayed by Emma Thompson.
All soundtracked to the stunning 'Both Sides Now' by Joni Mitchell. Here it is again if you weren't watching last night:
What's worse is that the goddamn CD would have actually been quite a sweet gift given their earlier conversations if Rickman (RIP) hadn't been such a scoundrel.
Needless to say, those watching 'Love Actually' on RTÉ One last night also felt Thompson's pain as much as ever.
— Steven Bonaventure x (@absolutegazelle) December 23, 2019
every year i sit and watch emma thompson get that joni mitchell cd from alan rickman so whY do i cry every time pic.twitter.com/3ML8g9WVWO
— maeve mctaggart (@maevemctaggart) December 23, 2019
— Maria Heather (@MariaHeather) December 23, 2019
No moment in any Christmas movie has half the emotional depth of Emma Thompson’s performance as she realizes her husband is cheating on her #LoveActually
— Matt Hoskins (@mattrickhoffman) December 23, 2019
— Cathy Varley (@CatieJane) December 23, 2019
The Emma Thompson/Joni Mitchell moment in #LoveActually has to go down as the most heartbreaking moment in the history of cinema 😭
— Melanie Farrell (@girlwithepearl) December 23, 2019
— Matthew MacLellan (@Matt_MacLellan) December 21, 2019
Watching #LoveActually for 543rd time
Still shouting at Alan Rickman (RIP) for making Emma Thompson cry
Still shouting at Laura Linney for taking that call at that exact moment!!
Gawd I love this film 😄😉😄 pic.twitter.com/qCG29RHzKm
— Teresa McGuinness (@SweetenedVoices) December 23, 2019