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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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Owen McCafferty
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Cast

Credited cast:
Liam Neeson ... Tom
Lesley Manville ... Joan
David Wilmot ... Peter
Amit Shah ... Steve
Lalor Roddy ... Smoking Man
Maggie Cronin ... Glamorous Woman
Vivien Monory ... Anxious Woman
Desmond Edwards ... Aggressive Man
Melanie Clark Pullen Melanie Clark Pullen ... Doctor
Geraldine McAlinden ... Surgeon
Esh Alladi ... GP
Stella McCusker Stella McCusker ... Elderly Woman
Mary Lindsay ... Woman #1
Fo Cullen ... Saleswoman
Corey Millar Corey Millar ... Carriageway Cyclist
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Storyline

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:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$23,564, 16 February 2020

Gross USA:

$74,880

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$422,077
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2.35 : 1
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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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Gentle, touching, relatable
20 January 2020 | by bazzer-57663See all my reviews

A slow-paced, thoughtful, minutely-observed drama following the progress of a long-married couple after a cancer diagnosis.

Superbly acted, the couple are as familiar to each other as a pair of warm slippers, but their relationship is strained as chemotherapy and the unspoken fear of the final separation take their toll. Hovering behind them throughout everything is the ghost of their daughter, whose death is never explained but who is never far away.

The movie does not rub our noses in medical horrors, but at the same time it faithfully chronicles the process of cancer treatment without ever resorting to sentimentality.

Liam Neeson is a terrific actor. Presumably, a relentlessly low-key movie such as this signifies that he's no longer interested in super-stardom (if indeed he ever was) and is simply doing stuff that he really wants to do. Long may it continue.


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