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Philomena (2013)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 27 November 2013 (USA)
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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.

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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 Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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These two unlikely companions are on a journey to find her long lost son.

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for some strong language, thematic elements and sexual references | See all certifications »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$128,435 (USA) (22 November 2013)

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$37,707,719 (USA) (16 May 2014)
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Just as Philomena and Martin enter Peter Olsson's home, the camera cuts to a close-up of photo of Michael/Tony. A decorative turquoise oval metal object with Hebrew written around its circumference is to the right of the photo. This is a container for a citron, used ceremonially on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles. See more »

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The BMW hire car in Ireland has Republic of Ireland registration plates and a Northern Ireland tax disc. See more »

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Martin Sixsmith: I was with the BBC but not anymore.
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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

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Mother of God Here I Stand
Composed by John Tavener and Mikhail Lermontov
Published by Chester Music Ltd.
By kind permission of Music Sales Creative
Performed by The Tiffin Boys' Choir
Choir Director: Simon Toyne
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Bang-on, superb work from all involved
5 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having lived the mother-baby home experience in Ireland (born at another of the Sacred Heart homes, Bessboro, in Cork in 1960, and trafficked to the US in 1961) and working as an advocate for the rights of adopted people and survivors of Irish Magdalene Laundries for more than twenty years, I'm always prepared to be either underwhelmed or angry at the film industry's ineptitude with subjects like this, I have to say I have not been as pleasantly surprised since Mike Leigh's excellent 'Secrets and Lies' and Peter Mullan's superb 'The Magdalene Sisters'. Frears, Coogan, Dench et al give Philomena's very true story such punch, truth and pathos, a heady accomplishment given the subject matter.

I look forward to the film's US release and urge my fellow 'Banished Babies' to see it, although I recommend going with support as it's very triggering. Let's hope Philomena's strength and tenacity, so powerfully portrayed by Dame Judy, coax more mothers living in shame and denial to reach out to their lost children before it's too late.


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