An extraordinary look at the lives of a middle-aged couple in the midst of a breast cancer diagnosis towards the wife.
Joan and Tom (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 enduring devotion, as they must find the humour and grace to survive a year of adversity. The film has remorselessly honest moments which make it so remarkable and beadily observed.
There are the obligatory tears, setbacks and triumphs, but we see so much more: the waiting, the awkward silences, the kind or even baffling words of advice from strangers, at different stages in the process themselves, who you meet passing through the wards or sitting outside on the benches having a smoke. The two leads give extraordinary performances, giving depth and compassion to their characters, in a film that will touch many viewers who have experienced similar struggles.