Ah, “Love Actually.” What a light, Christmastime rom-com.

There’s no reason to do an in-depth analysis. Absolutely no one would consider breaking down the film’s sense of culture, and more importantly, its understanding and portrayal of love’s multifarious configurations and underpinnings.


Wrong. We know no grander mission.

And so, with the fireplace crackling and Christmas lights twinkling, we took a close look at the movie’s intertwining storylines, visualized below.


In our viewing, we lauded the way “Love Actually” keenly integrates its own media — through Billy Mack’s appearances on radio and television — while it also references outside films (“The Titanic” and “James Bond”), books (“Sherlock Holmes” and “Harry Potter”), and music (Joni Mitchell’s role is crucial).

We noted its inclusion of unrequited love (Mark and Juliet), interracial love (Juliet and Peter, Joanna and Sam), love across languages (Jamie and Aurelia), countries (Colin, Tony and the Americans), love despite status (the Prime Minister and Natalie), love after death (Daniel and Carol), brotherly love (Billy Mack and Joe), actual sibling love (Karen and the Prime Minister), and a few more varieties. Same-sex love isn’t well-represented, and is even belittled when Joe says that Billy turned gay after being with Elton John for a short time.

But for a movie 136 minutes long, “Love Actually” represents an admirable effort to illustrate (in a commercially viable way) a varied love landscape.

And now with our handy infographic, that love landscape is actually illustrated. What more could you wish for?