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.
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.
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
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.