Ordinary Love

An extraordinary tale of ordinary love.

Ordinary Love
A couple 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 the wife 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 go wrong.

92 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Sex, Nudity, Drug abuse).
Drama, Romance, On the art circuit
I think I would have made a great Batman.
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Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, Amit Shah, David Wilmot,
Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn
ScreenplayOwen McCafferty
MusicDavid Holmes, Brian Irvine
CinematographyPiers McGrail
EditingNick Emerson
Made in2019
Produced byCanderblinks Film and Music, Out of Orbit, Head Gear Films, Kreo Films FZ, Metrol Technology

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama, romance
NudityNudity occurred infrequently, with a mild impact in both sexual and non-sexual context
SexNone (sic)
Drug abuseNone (sic)
CommentsORDINARY LOVE is a heart-warming love story about a middle aged married couple Joan and Tom Thompson who following the Christmas holidays enjoy alone time together in their home, going about an ordinary life. Complex and mature themes of a couple dealing with the wife's breast cancer diagnosis and the impact the condition has on each of them and the stress it puts on their marriage and relationship The themes explore love and support, compassion, a lasting marital bond, friendship and companionship, being positive whilst facing an unknown future, being a supportive husband, caring and sharing, pain and suffering, dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy including hair loss and baldness and the death of a loved one. The themes which are treated sensitively within a realistic life setting, may carry a mild sense of threat and menace as the loved ones of the cancer patients do not want them to die. The content is not suitable for children under 13 years as it might disturb, upset and cause them emotional, moral and psychological harm.
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USA MPAA rating

R: RestrictedRated R for brief sexuality/nudity.
USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.

British Board of Film Classification rating

12A: Suitable for 12 years and olderBrief moderate sex, Illness theme
British version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.


Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

9 critics
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Tomatometer quote iconLed by strong performances from Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson, Ordinary Love wrings heartrending drama out of one couple’s medical travails.

What the People say

344 Netizens
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Average .. 82%



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