Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville star in the romantic drama Ordinary Love, hitting theaters today.
They play a married couple, Tom and Joan, facing a potential life crisis. In a clip exclusively available on Anglophenia, Manville’s character has been diagnosed with a cyst in her breast and the two are seen sitting in a hospital cafeteria waiting to learn the prognosis. He seems to think their being at the hospital is routine. She seems to think otherwise, saying, “All I know, is it felt serious.”
As people do, they exchange light banter to get through the anxiety of waiting. Neeson’s character makes it clear he doesn’t like being in a hospital, with Manville asking the hard-hitting question, “So, if I have to come in, you won’t come in and visit me?”
You can see how it plays out below:
While this is a heavy topic, some of the lines did make us laugh out loud, and we suppose, that’s one way to get through stressful situations. For instance, Neeson’s character thinks it odd to put all the sick people together in one place. Manville’s character balances out his complaining with, “If you have to do it, you have to do it.” He goes on to say, “Hospitals remind me of death.” She quips back, “Lovely.”
With today being Valentine’s Day and all, this could be one of those movies that provides life goals for those out there looking for a person to spend their life with. And, while this is a story of struggle, that is indeed a part of relationships, seeing each other through during the hard times.
Neeson talks about the takeaway for moviegoers, saying in the press notes, “It’s a lightness based on the love that these two people have for each other. I hope audiences come away thinking they’ve watched a film that is incredibly heartening about the longevity of a beautiful marriage and how a relationship can get stronger even though you may be going through incredible emotional hardship.”
Manville reinforces that sentiment, saying, “Life isn’t full of exceptional days, it’s full of ordinary days. I hope people will try to find the joy in the ordinary after watching this film. Tom and Joan have to deal with a lot of stuff that everyone has to deal with, but they’ve never quite lost the twinkle. You should always try to find something or someone to keep life buoyant.”
These two aren’t just great on camera together, they’re great in real life, too.
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