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Ordinary Love (2019)

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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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Liam Neeson ... Tom
David Wilmot ... Peter
Lesley Manville ... Joan
Amit Shah ... Steve
Lalor Roddy ... Smoking Man
Stella McCusker Stella McCusker ... Elderly Woman
Maggie Cronin ... Glamorous Woman
Geraldine McAlinden ... Surgeon
Melanie Clark Pullen Melanie Clark Pullen ... Doctor
Desmond Edwards ... Aggressive Man
Mary Lindsay ... Woman #1
Vivien Monory ... Anxious Woman
Esh Alladi ... GP
Fo Cullen ... Saleswoman
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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Love doesn't give up.

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

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Opening film of the 2019 Cork International Film Festival See more »

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Joan: You know, when this all started I though that, if I made it through, the experience would somehow change me. I don't think it has. I don't think I want it to.
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Not your typical Hollywood cancer drama
8 March 2020 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Ordinary Love" (2019 release from the UK; 92 min.) brings the story of Tom and Joan. As the movie opens, Tom and Joan are taking their daily walk along the water, and we then see them watching telly. When Joan takes a shower, she feels a lump in her left breast. She goes to the doctor and after a mammogram, she gets the news that she has cancer... At this point we are 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from the Northern Ireland husband and wife co-directors Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Layburn. Here they examine the fallout of dealing with cancer on a long-married couple. There isn't much of a plot, other than to see whether Joan makes it through. Instead, we look at the devastating effect of dealing with cancer on their daily lives. Hospital visit after hospital visit. "I'm frightened", Joan confesses to Tom, and he tries to be supportive as best as he can, all along being frightened himself (but not saying so to Joan). There are some side stories that bear out on this but which I don't want to spoil here. Just watch. What makes this movie different is that it isn't your typical Hollywood cancer drama (think: The Fault In Our Stars; A Walk to Remember, etc.), but instead a nitty gritty look at dealing with cancer. Some scenes are difficult to watch, and other will move you to tears. The two leads are outstanding, with Leslie Manville as Joan and Liam Neeson as Tom. Neeson returns to his Northern Irish roots for this film, and thankfully stays MILES away from his recent action figure characters (the "Taken" franchise, "The Commuter:, "Cold Pursuit"). It is easily his best role in YEARS.

"Ordinary Love" premiered at last Fall's Toronto International Film Festival to immediate critical acclaim, and is now getting a limited US theater release. It opened this weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati and the Saturday matinee screening where I saw this at was attended so-so (8 people in total). No, this film isn't going to amass big box office, as for that it's way too difficult to watch, but if you look behind the obvious struggles of these people, you'll notice a celebration of deep love and friendship, and indeed life itself. If that appeals to you, I'd readily suggest you check this out, be it in the theater (if you still can), on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.


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14 February 2020 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$23,564, 16 February 2020

Gross USA:

$323,688

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$735,716
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