i thought id doff my hat to her role in a less 'chic' film (for want of a better term), but a performance i think is even better than in other films. its just a scene, in fact.
it seems on first viewing almost soap-ish.. but.. its so perfectly played, understated. no huge violinish music, no tempest of weeping as other films might do.
just emma thompson holding it all together, because, that's what Love is, Actually. the film is pretty standard, but this one scene is magnificent. she just stands still.
the first time you see it you think "aw, sad" but its only the second or third time you see it you realise what an incredible performance it is. i know youve seen it already, and Remains of The Day, etc are finer films, but this is such a perfect performance. its so underplayed, you miss it first off. stand up and applaud!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y-8vxObu... women, especially mothers, are rather incredible.
the other obvious example, and again populist, is nanny mcphee. she's brilliantly shining. the films are ok, but she elevates them, and are certainly worth watching as her performance is so sparkling. like julie walters, she has no fear of making herself incredibly ugly for a role, but not over playing it. she can just pitch her performance *so* well.
a better film, in which she has a small role but dominates, is An Education. shes on screen for a few minutes but is deliciously cutting.
as a random tv interjection, she was especially excellent on QI- she was at uni w stephen fry; they relate a story of her making him scream in an unusual way :D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ve9pm12V... here's the whole ep~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxEkMCQHi...
i listen to the bbc 5live film review show each week; the film reviewer is a huge emma thompson film~ this is a short blog about how awesome he thinks she is.
he also cites last chance harvey, which ive never seen, as being a great film she lights up. (i speak just like him- long winded, over excited etc). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm3ofyQHlrw enjoy a fellow fan!
(here he is reviewing a nany mcphee film and being excitable again) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osdPomcW_qM
~ ive seen Love Actually four or five times, and scenes tend to lose impact seen in isolation, but i just cried watching that clip. i think ive youve ever had your heart badly broken, or loved someone who's beenunfaithful, then it's especially wonderful. your heart breaks for her, and you really want to kick alan rickman in the balls. very hard.
shes a bit bonkers, but so lovely.
i was thinking of truly, madly deeply yesterday- if youve never seen that, juliet stepehnson's performance in that is classic too. again, its a popular romance, but really wonderful in its understanding and portrayal of love, heartbreak and grief. she delivers some great snotty nosed- weeping. alan rrrrickman is very cool in it.