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Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock — something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of — and given away for adoption in the United States.
In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.
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Director: Stephen Frears.
Running Time: 98 minutes.
Synopsis: A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
Philomena is a road movie, a mystery, a buddy comedy and a tragedy which excels in every manner. There are many facets that come together to make this an exemplary film, but first and foremost is Judi Dench. It’s tempting to call her’s a powerhouse performance, but it’s not. It’s small, it’s human, and it’s heartbreaking. She may be considered a bit ‘Irish Mammie’, but only in the sense that anybody playing an elderly Irish Catholic lady will be. Far from delivering a cliché, she exudes warmth, »
- John Sharp
Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan bring an incredible true story to life on the big screen with the first trailer and two posters for Philomena. Stephen Frears directs this adaptation of Martin Sixsmith's 2009 book that follows an Irish-Catholic woman who, with the help of a BBC reporter (Steve Coogan), tracks down the son she sent away for adoption in the United States several years prior. The drama will be released by The Weinstein Company in limited release November 22, with an expansion to follow on November 27.
Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock - something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of - and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to »
This biopic of Belfast's godfather of punk is terrific, particularly in its scenes of noisy, pogoing epiphany
Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn have directed a terrifically warm and entirely lovable movie about Terri Hooley, Belfast's chaotic godfather of punk. In the 70s, Hooley defied the miseries and ugly tribalism of the Troubles by opening a record shop in the middle of the city, quixotically called Good Vibrations. This tiny store became his tour promotion HQ, as well as the indie record label that put out the Undertones' Teenage Kicks. It was also the base from which Hooley could cultivate his entrepreneurial genius and messianically insist on a new and non-divisive way of thinking about Northern Ireland and its young people. Richard Dormer gives an excellent performance as Hooley, and the moment when he is first ecstatically converted to punk in the middle of a pogoing crowd – not knowing whether »
- Peter Bradshaw
The Tribeca Film Festival is rolling out more first-looks. First off, is director Steph Green’s latest endeavor, entitled "Run and Jump." The film marks Green’s return to Tribeca after winning in the Best Short Narrative category in 2008 for her film "New Boy." "Run and Jump" stars "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Will Forte in a rare dramatic turn (perhaps a preview of things to come in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska"), Ruth McCabe, and Edward MacLiam. It follows an Irish wife and mother who find herself having to band her family together after her husband suffers a stroke. The plot is below: After a stroke leaves her husband disabled and fundamentally changed, a spirited Irish wife struggles to keep her family members together. All the while they are under the microscope of an American researcher documenting their recovery process. Green is not just a Tribeca alumnus, she’s also an Oscar-nominated director, »
- Kristen Lopez
5 items from 2013
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