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Ordinary Love

Ordinary Love

Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville star as a long-standing couple facing a potentially life-changing cancer diagnosis, in this drama scripted by Northern Irish playwright Owen McCafferty.

Although his electrifying action roles made him a global icon, Liam Neeson never stopped making the potent dramas that first brought him to notice. And though Lesley Manville won a whole new audience with her scissor-sharp performance in Phantom Thread, her work with Mike Leigh long ago proved the depth of her abilities on screen. Ordinary Love brings these two master actors together for the first time as their characters navigate one of the most high-stakes gambits imaginable: marriage. Joan (Manville) and Tom (Neeson) are a long-married couple, with their set habits, cozy bickering, and assumption of a long walk together into the sunset. But when Joan discovers a lump in her breast, it soon becomes clear that cancer will radically change each of them and their relationship. As she enters the cold, uncertain process of medical treatment, their habits are ruptured, and that cozy bickering explodes to reveal the long-buried truths of their marriage.


Critical Notes

"An achingly intimate portrait of a marriage weathering a storm, the third feature from directing team Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn is anything but ordinary." - Wendy Ide, Screen Daily


Film Information

Director: Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn
Cast:: Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, Amit Shah 
Year: 2019
Runtime: 91 min 
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Distributor: levelFILM
Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR



DateCircuit CentreLocation
March 29, 2020 * TheatreOne
Avalon Theatre
Nanaimo, BC
April 01, 2020North of Superior Film Association
Silvercity Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay, ON
April 05, 2020 * CVAG Film Series
Sundays, Rialto Cinema: Landmark
Courtenay, BC
April 05, 2020 * CURRENTS
The Strand
Simcoe, ON
April 06, 2020MUSE International Fine Films
Galaxy Cinemas- Peterborough Square
Peterborough, ON
April 29, 2020Shot in the Dark - Langley Film Nights
Langley, BC
April 29, 2020Brantford Film Group
Galaxy Theatre, 300 King George Road, Brantford
Brantford, ON
May 27, 2020North Vancouver Community Arts Council
Park & Tilford- Cineplex Odeon
North Vancouver, BC

* Represents an approximate date. Please consult local listings.