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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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 76 nominations. See more awards »

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... Philomena
... Martin Sixsmith
... Young Philomena
... Mary
... Sister Hildegarde
... Mother Barbara
... Pete Olsson
... Michael
... Jane
... Sally Mitchell
... Young Nun
... Sister Anunciata
... Kathleen
... Sister Claire
... Young Sister Hildegarde
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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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The true story of a search for a lost son. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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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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27 November 2013 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,509,726 (United Kingdom), 3 November 2013, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$128,435, 22 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,707,719, 16 May 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,112,825, 5 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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When Martin wants to show a photo to Philomena, he zooms on Michael Hess and people around him in a way that the journalists are not visible on the screen. But then Philomena finds Martin among the journalists on the screen. See more »

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Martin Sixsmith: Well... I couldn't forgive you.
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Real footage of Anthony/Michael is shown at the ending credits See more »

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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #19.58 (2014) See more »

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Nocturne In F-Sharp, Op. 15, No. 2
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Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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But I don't wanna hate people. I don't wanna be like you
24 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

The abuses of the Church through the Magdalene Sisters is in the background of this exciting film that features Judy Dench as a mother searching for the son that was taken from here 50 years previously.

She is paired with Steve Coogan, a sacked journalist after a human interest story. They made a strange pair as they journeyed to America to find her son.

Prejudice and misunderstandings prevented the two from being reunited, but the story was fascinating and surprising.

I even enjoyed seeing Anna Maxwell Martin from Bletchley Circle. What a thrill.


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