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 (email@example.com)
When Martin and Philomena are driving, she asks to stop at a Catholic Church for confession. The name of the church is St. Anthony's Catholic Church. See more »
The BMW hire car in Ireland has Republic of Ireland registration plates and a Northern Ireland tax disc. See more »
I'm sorry, Martin, should we pretend we don't know each other?
No no no, it's just someone I used to work with. A spin doctor. I'm trying to avoid them.
Is that first class in there?
It's just a perk of the job.
Just because you're in first class doesn't make you a first class person.
I think he needs a good swipe of shite.
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Real footage of Anthony/Michael is shown at the ending credits See more »
My wife talked me into going, I wanted to see Captain Philips but she was adamant this time. We both grew up in Ireland and I didn't want to see another one of those movies focused on stereotypes, the marketing blob types like the Quiet Man and Ryan's Daughter...stereotypical nonsense that lampoon our history and our culture. Steve Coogan and Judy Dench, especially Judy got it just right from the very start. They were smart, witty, serious and most of all, Judy was 'Irish' They really got the spirit of an Irish mom, that cocktail of guilt, generosity, inferiority and a heart to care for the entire world spot on. Dench in the hotel thanking everybody for being 'so nice' and getting who her son was as a child as others were today trying to 'break the news' to her...she wasn't just a step ahead, she was years ahead. Really excellent, really well done. Beautiful!
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