Retired Belfast couple Joan (Lesley Manville) and Tom (Liam Neeson) have, over the years, learned to live with the death of their teenage daughter. Their existence is comfortable if unremarkable, filled with the affectionate bickering that comes from a lifetime together. When Joan is diagnosed with cancer and undergoes surgery and chemotherapy, she bonds with the terminally ill Peter (David Wilmot), who has chosen to stop his treatment. As the illness exposes cracks in their relationship, Tom finds himself isolated. ‘We’re both going through this together’, he angrily protests, to which Joan responds, ‘no, we’re not’.
Notes by David O’Mahony