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Joan and Tom (Academy Award® nominee Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson) have been married for many years. An everyday couple with a remarkable love, there is an ease to their relationship which only comes from spending a lifetime together. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their enduring devotion, as they must find the humor and grace to survive a year of adversity.
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Critics Consensus: Led by strong performances from Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson, Ordinary Love wrings heartrending drama out of one couple's medical travails.
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Intimate, well-acted drama explores marriage, illness, loss.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ordinary Love is a drama about a long-married couple, Joan and Tom (Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson), as they deal with the frightening reality of Joan's breast cancer diagnosis. It slowly becomes clear that cancer isn't the first tragedy to strike their family. Tom and Joan kiss, and there's one quick, nongraphic sex scene, as well as brief nonsexual nudity while Joan is undergoing tests and treatment. Language includes the occasional "bloody" and "s--t," and there are a few scenes of Tom and Joan drinking wine with dinner or Tom drinking beer. Some conversations (and arguments) center around potentially upsetting aspects of Tom and Joan's past and the lingering grief they feel over it. Joan is shown suffering from the side effects of her treatment (including nausea, vomiting, and exhaustion). A friend who's also in treatment doesn't survive, and there are conversations about mortality between Tom, Joan, their friend, and his partner. The movie shows the support and love needed to make it through an illness and how being with a loving partner can get you through even the darkest situations. Themes include compassion, empathy, and perseverance.
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- Release Date:February 14, 2020
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