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


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


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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Love doesn't give up.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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


Joan: It's only a fish.
Tom: You still have to feed it.
Joan: Flush it.
Tom: *Flush you.*
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Blumhouse's Dirty Secret (2020) See more »

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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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Release Date:

14 February 2020 (USA) See more »

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$23,564, 16 February 2020

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2.35 : 1
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