When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs challenged. Written by
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Steve Coogan's character is a James Bond fan. Judi Dench played M in the Bond films from 1995 to 2012, with a cameo in Spectre (2015). See more »
The Ford Escape, which Pete drives in the US in 2004, is a second generation model from 2007. See more »
He wasn't too happy the last couple years of his life, working for Reagan. He was pretty messed up about it.
The Republicans withdrew funding for AIDS research because they blamed the epidemic on the gay lifestyle.
Right, because some of them wouldn't wear condoms 'cause they said it spoils the feeling.
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Fabulous piece of work by all concerned. We get to see all sides of a single story without excessive back flips, cartwheels and other cinematic tricks. Coogan has got the measure of this story and pulls off a truly convincing performance as Sixsmith whilst Dench almost manages to do an entire film with a dialect....occasionally lapses but you may not notice. This is a real tear-jerker at points, thought provoking at many junctures and full of ironic humour. That's quite a feat and the more enjoyable for being so. I presume the timescale is roughly ten years ago so attempts at getting tech right for the period is still possible - amazing that so recent history can seem like centuries ago when we see old technology in use. I can see this film being a 'classic' long before it reaches any real age. Its the 21st century version of a 19th century Dickens tale, that it is.
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