Philomena

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Philomena is a true story based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith, a BBC correspondent. Philomena Lee is a shy and pious Irish Catholic who had a boy conceived out of wedlock and gave away for adoption because of her Irish Catholic upbringing.

As a teenager in rural Ireland, Philomena became pregnant after a fling with a boy she met at a fair. Being a Catholic in rural Ireland, she was sent to an institution run by nuns in order to “hide her shame”. She was forced to give-up her son for adoption where the boy was “sold” by the nuns to a well-heeled American couple.

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During the adoption process, she was forced to sign a contract that would not allow for any future inquiry into her son’s whereabouts. Philomena move on with her life in England. Her attempts to search her son took decades long until she met Martin Sixsmith who at that time is in the process of writing a piece on “human interest” for a magazine after he was fired as a BBC correspondent.

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Philomena and Martin Sixsmith teamed up together to search her son and started the search by visiting the convent where Philomena stayed while pregnant.

The movie is about two characters that are on opposite side of the spectrum. Philomena who has reasons to be bitter with her religion had accepted the fact that the world in which she grew up had changed and vanished unlike Sixsmith who has no interest in forgiving the nuns who made Philomena’s life a living hell and who continued to deceive her as an adult.

It stars Judi Dench as Philomena Lee with Steve Coogan as Martin Sixsmith. Directed by Stephen Frears.

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22 Responses to Philomena

  1. Un tel film édifiant, triste mais drôle en même temps. Judi Dench est une explosion.

  2. Katie Phoenix says:

    As always Dame Judie is great. She puts all her effort in every role she tackes, big fan of her.

  3. Olivia s says:

    This is a very nice movie and as always Judie Dench is wonderful and funny. This is a very good true story movie about Irish children “sold” to rich Americans from a Catholic convent during the ’50’s.

  4. San Diego Fan says:

    Wonderful small movie, J Dench is great I wouldn’t be surprised if she wins an award for her role in Philomena.

  5. sandy says:

    As usual Dame Judi Dench is great just like in every movie and TV show she is in.

  6. J Cruise818 says:

    A wonderful story with fantastic performances by Dench and Coogan. It is very touching, witty, heartfelt. It is a must see movie.

  7. Pam of Seattle says:

    Dame Jodi Dench needs an award for her acting in this movie.

  8. jackyram73 says:

    Equal parts funny and moving, it is funny and heart-breaking at the same time. Glad it is nominated for some Oscars.

  9. nancy says:

    Equal parts funny and moving, it is funny and heart-breaking at the same time.

  10. Rebecca says:

    A wonderful story with fantastic performances by Dench and Coogan. It is very touching, witty, heartfelt. It is a must see movie.

  11. Debs girl says:

    A wonderful story with fantastic performances by Dench and Coogan. It is very touching, witty, heartfelt. It is a must see movie.

  12. troy d says:

    The Irish countryside where it was filmed is really beautiful.

  13. Wicked Diva says:

    This is a well structured and well crafted movie. Judi Dench and Coogan did a marvelous job.

  14. Gris says:

    This is a well structured and well crafted movie. Judi Dench and Coogan did a marvelous job.

  15. fil says:

    A wonderful story with fantastic performances by Dench and Coogan. It is very touching, witty, heartfelt. It is a must see movie.

  16. k affleck says:

    Dench delivers a perfect accent for someone who grew up in Ireland but spent their later life in England and her performance is one of the best of the year.

  17. J rob11 says:

    Contains a couple of surprising twists for the genre. Judi Dench as expected is really good.

  18. albert coco says:

    Magnificent movie, it is not about big budgeted production designs and action scenes, just great story and acting.

  19. willie says:

    Went to see Philomena last night and I wasn’t disappointed, what a wonderful movie it is all about the story nothing fancy and big production design.

  20. k ledesma says:

    Small move with a big punch, great story about personality and also very well acted.

  21. A F says:

    A movie doesn’t have to have pyrothechnics to be good, it just needs a good story and good actors like Philomena.

  22. Bob says:

    Small film with great story hope it will win some awards, really liked it. Judi Dench is great.

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