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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.

Writer:

Owen McCafferty
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lesley Manville ... Joan
Liam Neeson ... Tom
Esh Alladi ... GP
Melanie Clark Pullen ... Doctor
Matthew Sharpe Matthew Sharpe ... Receptionist
Geraldine McAlinden ... Surgeon
Mary Lindsay ... Woman #1
Rose Henderson Rose Henderson ... Woman #2
Stella McCusker Stella McCusker ... Elderly Woman
Eoin McCafferty Eoin McCafferty ... Sales Assistant
Maggie Cronin ... Glamorous Woman
David Wilmot ... Peter
Amit Shah ... Steve
Vivien Monory ... Anxious Woman
Olivia McDermott Olivia McDermott ... Chemo Nurse
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Storyline

Joan and Tom have been married for many years. There is an ease to their relationship which comes from spending a lifetime together, a depth of love which expresses itself through tenderness and humour. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship; they are faced with the challenges of what might happen. ORDINARY LOVE is a story about love, survival, and epic questions about life.

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Taglines:

Love doesn't give up.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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

Quotes

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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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Blumhouse's Dirty Secret (2020) See more »

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Love, indeed - but nothing ordinary about this film.
6 December 2019 | by CinemaSerfSee 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,564, 16 February 2020

Gross USA:

$323,688

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$774,877
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2.35 : 1
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