Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham
When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate.
Wonderfully sad and emotional movie dealing with a lost son. I thought this was going to be a sweet movie, but I was wrong. It was pretty sad. What made it all worse was that it was a true story. This really did happen to this poor woman. What that terrible nunnery/orphanage did to her was not good at all. They made a profit off of these children. How is that a religious act. It was like they were setting up a store. The nuns lied to the Philomena about knowing where her son was, and the fact that he came looking for her. I would have beat those woman. These nuns were a bit evil, I think. It is just horrible to do that to a person. These old nuns just did not care.
The performances in this movie were wonderful. Steve Coogan showed his passion and emotions so well in the movie. They really came through to the audience. Judi Dench was incredible as she always is. She sold this role. I looked at her as this woman. The facial expressions showed the sadness and the simplicity of the character.
This is not really a happy movie at all. It is very good. The story is simple and direct with brilliant acting throughout it. This movie is worth watching. Enjoy.
Philomena (2013) Trailer