Ordinary Love

Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville star in this intimate and sensitively-handled drama about a couple dealing with breast cancer.

Dir Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn
Prod Brian J Falconer, David Holmes, Piers Tempest
Scr Owen McCafferty
With Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, David Wilmot
UK Distribution Universal Pictures International

As the Christmas decorations go up, we quickly get a sense of Joan and Tom’s bantering relationship; witty and teasing, they’re a couple who can finish each other’s sentences. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, Tom is there to support and we follow as they navigate the mundane and frightening new world of exams, diagnoses, and waiting rooms. Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson make vivid the subtle shifts of temperature that define long-term intimacy, as two people dealing in very different ways with acute stress and the continuing echoes of an earlier tragedy. With a sober approach that avoids any slips into sentimentality, directors Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn capture both the extremity and the everydayness of cancer, in this warm and deeply affecting drama.

Kate Taylor

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Glenn Leyburn, director; Lisa Barros D'Sa, director; Brian Falconer, producer; Piers Tempest, producer; Owen McCafferty, screenwriter; Lesley Manville, cast. 

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

Additional information

The screening on Sunday 13 October is an accessible screening for customers who are blind or partially-sighted. The film has an audio-description soundtrack, and headphones are available on request. This screening is also an accessible screening for customers who are D/deaf or hard or hearing. The film has English language subtitles, including descriptions of non-dialogue audio.