I’ve watched a lot of romantic movies from my teens to my adulthood, the most common theme of these movies were fantasy, dreamy and youthful. Though these movies were amazing and made a great impact in my life when younger, as we grow older we find it hard to believe these storylines or rather fail to associate ourselves with these fantasy movies.
The more mature we get the more the word ‘Love’ starts to have a different meaning, for instance during our dating period we would think the world of our partner showering us with love and romance. But as we get older we realise that a simple act of reliability favours more. Waking up early morning to a hot cup of coffee by your partner would mean the world or fixing the shower, throwing the garbage all these little things that help ease our day could mean the world.
The Movie Ordinary Love is just that, a more realistic view of a relationship, marriage and supporting your partner during their struggle was perfectly depicted in this movie, Joan and Tom (Academy Award nominees 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 lasting devotion, as they must find the humour and grace to survive a year of difficulty.
It’s a love story, told profoundly and beautifully and honestly rather than a depressing story. How they showed the struggle of cancer, but also show that with the support of a loved one we can get through this, and how it’s important to be positive during these hard times.
The screenplay is by the Northern Irish playwright Owen McCafferty whose own wife, Peggy, underwent breast cancer treatment, and the film is directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn. Set in Belfast, Manville playing Joan and Neeson playing Tom.
How often do you see middle-aged love stories on screen? Rarely, so in its way, this is quite revolutionary. What’s more, Joan and Tom are still loving and still physically in love with each other and although they’ve experienced a great sadness (as we later discover by the death of their daughter.
The film is directed sensitively, so it never feels exploitative, Neeson and Manville have terrific chemistry on screen. It’s very refreshing to see a practical and realistic love story which caters to middle-aged people and I think will also make the youngsters understand the true meaning of Love.
Parents Note – Movie is R Rated, for Adult scenes, not suitable for children.