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If it wasn’t already clear that Steve Coogan
is an extraordinarily multi-talented man, along came “Philomena
.” Perhaps known best as a comic actor in films like “In The Loop,” “The Trip
” and “24 Hour Party People,” Coogan took a turn for the dramatic with “Philomena
,” both in front of and behind the camera. As producer, writer and star, Coogan helped deliver one of the year’s most heartwarming — and heartbreaking — dramas, detailing the true story of a woman (Judi Dench
) who is joined by a journalist (Coogan) to try to find the son who was taken from her 50 years earlier.
A story that easily could have been turned into an overly sentimental tearjerker is handled with a confidence and restraint in both Coogan’s words and performance, resulting in a film that has been winning over audiences and awards groups left and right.
When the film — notably directed by Stephen Frears