About the Film
Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him but with no success.Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off to America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin.The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life, showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places.
Spread The Word
The unexpectedly brilliant combination of Dench and Coogan makes a memorable and moving film. A true story highlighting the systemic abuse and the callous cover up by Catholic nuns in separating children from their mothers to trade them to wealthy Americans - ironically the arched gates to the convent show the words "Sisters of Mercy…" more appropriate would have been "Abandon all hope ye who enter here" - it is no defence to suggest that there was nowhere else these mothers could have gone… its somewhat convenient to sow the idea that to have a child out of wedlock is evil and sinful, and then to subsequently exploit the situation in the most callous, cruel and brutal way - the epitome of shameful hypocrisy, that should never be forgotten
I saw this at the cinema yesterday, i can honestly say this film is one the best I have ever seen. And I've seen a lot of films. Judi Dench's performance was completely outstanding, she deserves an Oscar. Coogan was fantastic also.
A powerful story about loss.
A moving account of a mother's loss and how a cynical reporter (Coogan) realises how his small problems pale into insignificance when he forms an unlikely bond with a woman (Dench) who unwittingly makes him understand the value of life. Exceptional performances by the two leads.
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2013
- © 2013 Philomena Lee Limited, Pathé Productions Limited, British Film Institute and British Broadcasting Corporation.