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Love, Actually... Communication is Key

Author: Don Schapira, Q.Med


Spoiler Alerts for the movie Love Actually...


‘Tis the season to question what the greatest Hollywood contributions are to the holidays. From ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to ‘Die Hard’, this fun debate rages annually. While some people may disagree as to whether it deserves a spot in the top 3, 5 or 10, the movie ‘Love Actually’ invariably enters the discussion. For many reasons, this movie resonates with us, and provides the opportunity for reflection on our own stories. The plot of 'Love Actually' centers on 9 disparate, yet at times interlinked, stories and aspects of love. From the magical, romantic and fantastical, to the heartbreaking and lonely. It provides the viewer with the opportunity to question what love means to them. As a mediator, I deal with a wide range of conflict, many due to poor communication. I can’t help but wonder where each story could have ended if they simply communicated a bit better. So, lets give that a try, actually…


Whether we cheer at Colin's escapades in Wisconsin, Sam’s courageous leaps through airport security, Jamie’s declaration of love in broken Portuguese, Prime Minister David’s insight, and Billy Mack’s eureka moment of what