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Philomena [DVD]


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  • Actors: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Simone Lahbib, Charlie Murphy
  • Directors: Stephen Frears
  • Format: PAL, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar 2014
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (762 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DHJSXLY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena (Judi Dench) was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a "fallen woman". When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him but with no success. Then she met Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off to America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena's son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin. The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life, showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Village person on 17 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
I feel I have to respond to Jude's profoundly offensive review of Philomena. Having read Martin Sixsmith's book and watched the film upon which it is based, I am frankly appalled that anybody should dismiss the film as a 'pile of pathetic anti-Catholic propaganda'. If the reviewer could bear to accept that the story is based on fact s/he would surely acknowledge, as many Catholics do, that the church has a case to answer, not least for its systemic cruelty to young women in its care and its wilful denial of information to those to whom it could have brought such comfort. The film reveals a simple but thwarted journey of discovery, albeit one that does raise issues regarding the past conduct on the part of the Catholic Church. Personally, I thought the performances of Coogan and Dench to be world class: but that, perhaps, is a matter of taste. However I am at a loss to understand the relevance of the utterly gratuitous reference to children being incinerated, and I am baffled by the abusive concluding reference to Philomena herself: …'full of hate'. The real life Philomena, as portrayed in the film and in real life, is a gentle and compassionate soul: unlike, by all accounts, the callous bigot calling her/himself Jude.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Martin Lynch on 3 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If you think Alan Partridge, sorry Steve Coogan is a bit of a twonk and don't like his acting then imagine you have never seen him before, buy the film because you know Judi Dench is the best actress in the UK and you will smile from ear to ear witnessing great chemistry between the two. The true story is one that had to be told and if it doesn't bring a tear to you eye you are probably not human. A classic. Also see "About Time".
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95 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Zoonie on 7 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
If I were C.E.O. of Kleenex or any other paper hankie manufacturer, I would get my name down as a sponsor of this film! The fact that the poignancy of the story is lightened by moments of laughter somehow makes it all the more real, but then it is a true story.
I have always admired Judi Dench (as has everyone else) and now I have a new-found respect for Steve Coogan who is not only a superb actor but who also collaborated on the moving, subtle, tragic, comic, life-affirming script.
(A special warning to mothers everywhere......do not wear mascara to see this one! )
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Datta on 13 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
Philomena is inspired by a true story. It is about a disgraced government adviser Martin Sixsmith. He lost his job due to a serious matter. He becomes a journalist again, as he previously worked for the BBC. Immediately, he gets involved in a story depsite inital reluctance. It concerns Philomena an Irish lady, who kept a dark secret for 50 years. Philomena was abandoned in a convent as a teenager, as father disowned hearing the news of pregnancy. The conditions the girls endured were absolutely appalling and cruel. She gave birth to a child named Anthony and was cruelly forced to give up son for adoption rights. She could only spend one hour a day with her son. The film embarks on a emotional journey to locate the missing son. Will the journey end in happiness? The real truth behind son disappearance paints a hollowing and disturbing picture of the convent. The film raises serious questions. Will the truth be exposed? Will the convent be made accountable for their cruel acts?

The subject matter raised in the film is serious. There is humour seamlessly blended in the film. Philomena is a feisty character with many wisecracks throughout the film. The audience laughed out. Martin Sixsmith character is well developed. The bonding between the two leading characters is not always great, as there is conflicts on particular matters, but they do get on. The characters are believable and easily connectable, as they feel so real. Academy winner Judi Dench shows why she is an excellent actress. She plays the part of Philomena superbly and flawlessly. Steve Coogan, a comedian has adapted well to serious roles and expanding his repertoire of acting.

Phiomoena is a beautiful, emotional and poignant piece of film making. The British film industry continues to produce quality films. Philomena joins the list. The depth in storyline and characters makes stand out really well. I throughly enjoyed the film.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 April 2014
Format: DVD
Written and directed by awards winner Stephen Frears, "Philomena" stars the outstanding Judy Dench and Steve Coogan as strangers who become unlikely friends (despite of Coogan's character stiff upper lip) in the tale of a true story of one woman's search for a son she lost "to the system". Falling pregnant as a teenager in a catholic Ireland of early fifties of the last century, Philomena Lee was sent to the church institution run by nuns for the "fallen women". Philomena gives birth in terrible pain and is told to suffer through it, and when her beloved son is only a few years old, he is given away for adoption in America.

Philomena spends the next few decades silently grieving for her loss, she tries to search for her first child and is turned down by the establishment due to the confidentiality (and, of course, the convenient "fire" is claimed to destroy the records). And then she meets Martin Sixpence, who is in need of human interest story and off they go to on the trip to America, searching for Philomena's son and discovering themselves and each other (no, there is no love story!).

I am not sure why "Philomena" was marketed as a comedy, and an inspiring comedy at that. I thought the film was heartbreaking and disheartening. There is so much cruelty and unfairness portrayed in the film that even the amazing Judy Dench is not succeeding in adding a spoon of sugar to the barrel of injustice. Yes, despite the sad subject, Coogan and Dench produce abundance of smiles as the unlikely team, but I found it hard to watch the film and in the end, all the forgiving did not make me feel better.
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