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Philomena (2013) (C) - Anthology Ottawa

Philomena (2013) (C)

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"Moving and memorable."

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.

Philomena is the true story of one mother’s search for her lost son.

Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in the early 1950s, 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 in vain.

Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off for America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between them.

The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss and ultimately celebrates life. It is both funny and sad and concerns two very different people, at different stages of their lives, who help each other and show that there is laughter even in the darkest places.

The book “The Lost Child Of Philomena Lee”... acted as a catalyst for thousands of adopted Irish children and their ‘shamed’ mothers to come forward to tell their stories. Many are still searching for their lost families. -- (C) The Weinstein Company, 2013, UK

Directed by Stephen Frears

Based on the book "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee" written by Martin Sixsmith

"The most powerful movie of the year."

Rex Reed, The New York Observer.

*****

*****

"This is simply an altogether brilliant film, based on an unbelievably true story, with outstanding, and often hilarious performances by Judi Dench.  Steve Coogan, as well, is wonderful as Martin Sixsmith, the author of "The Last Child of Philomena Lee," on which this movie is based (and which I am now reading) who accompanies Philomena Lee to the United States in her relentless effort to find her son.  The movie is funny, sweet, and absolutely heart-breaking, and is, in itself, a provocative exposé of the dealings of the Catholic Church in 1950s Ireland.  This is definitely a must-see for any mother, and for any woman for that matter, and for anyone interested in watching an all-around excellent film."

 

Kim, Anthology


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