I first saw this film on tv and, being a Christopher Eccleston fan already, thoroughly enjoyed it. Having seen it twice more via the dvd I never fail to be impressed by the vulnerability and honesty of Eccleston's acting. Through the character of Joe Broughton he portrays a truly good man coming to terms with the discovery of a personal history he would prefer not to have to face. His earnestness is infectious and, although this is not a 'feel-good' movie, Eccleston's sincerity and selflessness in dealing with the disabilties of others is both heart-warming and endearing. Emma Cunniffe compliments Eccleston beautifully and, as they try to work through the demands placed on their relationship, they create a film that I found totally absorbing and convincing. It's a real favourite.