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Ordinary Love (2019)

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Releases February 14, 2020
An extraordinary look at the lives of a middle-aged couple in the midst of the wife's breast cancer diagnosis.

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Owen McCafferty
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Cast

Credited cast:
Liam Neeson ... Tom
Lesley Manville ... Joan
Amit Shah ... Steve
David Wilmot ... Peter
Melanie Clark Pullen ... Doctor
Lalor Roddy ... Smoking Man
Geraldine McAlinden ... Surgeon
Maggie Cronin ... Glamorous Woman
Vivien Monory ... Anxious Woman
Desmond Edwards ... Aggressive Man
Stella McCusker Stella McCusker ... Elderly Woman
Esh Alladi ... GP
Fo Cullen ... Saleswoman
Mary Lindsay ... Woman #1
Corey Millar Corey Millar ... Carriageway Cyclist
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Joan and Tom have been married for many years. There is an ease to their relationship which only comes from spending a life time together and a depth of love which expresses itself through tenderness and humour in equal part. When Joan is unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as they are faced with the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen if something were to happen to Joan. ORDINARY LOVE is a story about love, survival and the epic questions life throws at each and every one of us.

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cancer | middle aged couple | See All (2) »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for brief sexuality/nudity. | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Normal People See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Love, indeed - but nothing ordinary about this film.
6 December 2019 | by CelluloidRobertSee all my reviews

This is almost a fly-on-the-wall style telling of how an ordinary couple discover and come to terms with one of them having cancer. It is told in an intimate but not sentimental way, and is really quite touching. Owen McCafferty's script uses humour, sex, pathos, occasional anger, and a relationship with another couple in a similar (though more terminal) situation to help convey the deep senses of frustration, helplessness and hope as they go through the testing and treatment procedures. Liam Neeson plays his part well; though the script doesn't give him too much to work with. Lesley Manville is superb, though - really very convincing; she elicits sympathy by the bucketful. It doesn't pull it's punches so be prepared for a tough watch at times.


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