By Mandi Bierly
January 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST

It occurred to me recently, as I was the youngest person in a showing of Last Chance Harvey by 20 years, easy, that Emma Thompson has the power to destroy me. If you’re a fan of her bedroom scene in Love, Actually, you’ll find the bathroom scene in Harvey nearly as crushing. Trust me. (Even if you’re under 50.)

Someone okay it was Vanessa Marcil once told me that the first rule of acting is this: If you see someone who you know is upset and they’re trying to be strong, you actually end up feeling more for them than you would if they were a blubbering mess. Thompson is a master. In fact, I’m willing to say THE reigning master. Agree? Or, is there another actress (or actor, they can cry, too) that wounds you? Share the scenes that got you.

More on Emma Thompson and Last Chance Harvey:
EW’s 2006 Spotlight on Thompson
Owen Gleiberman reviews Last Chance Harvey
Video interview: Dave Karger sits down with Dustin Hoffman
‘Dustin Hoffman gets a toilet named after him’: Discuss!

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