When former journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) 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 Lee (Dame Judi Dench), 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 Ireland's RTE One showed this on St. Patrick's Day 2016, they skipped over all of the opening animated co-production partner Production Company Credits that included The Weinstein Company, Pathe, BBC Films, The U.K. National Lottery, and BFI (British Film Institute). Its plausible that this may have been done as a creative broadcasting choice due to such an Irish subject, being co-funded by many British companies, on a day celebrating Irishness, may have caused offense to some. See more »
Though the film appears to be set in 2004, the red Mazda MX-5 in which Pete Olsson arrives at his house is a third-generation model, not launched until 2005. See more »
Sister Hildegarde, I want you to know that I forgive you.
What? Just like that?
Its not 'just like that'... it's hard. That's hard for me. But I don't want to hate people. I don't want to be like you... Look at you.
Must be exhausting...
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Real footage of Anthony/Michael is shown at the ending credits See more »
Sometimes I get the feeling filmmakers have lost their way. Formulas work and make the basics irrelevant so we get carbon copy blockbusters appealing to the masses clearly showing a reckless disregard for what filmmaking is all about: visually telling a story. And then a film like Philomena comes along and reminds us of the magic that can happen when a true craftsman and artist skillfully blends the basic ingredients of story, character, camera, and music into an exhilarating and powerful work of art. This film is satisfying at every level and gives me hope that some people still know what they are doing when they take the money and do their job effectively. The folks on this one should be extremely proud of their efforts.
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