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Philomena [DVD]

Judi Dench , Steve Coogan , Stephen Frears    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Simone Lahbib, Charlie Murphy
  • Directors: Stephen Frears
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar 2014
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DHJSXLY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4 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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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life-affirming 7 Nov 2013
By Zoonie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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76 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What price love? 20 Oct 2013
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Depressed by the collapse of his high-flying career as a Labour spin doctor, Martin Sixsmith tries to distract himself with a "human interest story". Philomena Lee wishes to make contact with the son taken from her nearly fifty years ago by Irish nuns, after they had allowed her to bond with him while slaving in the now notorious convent laundries to pay for their "charity" in giving shelter to an unmarried teenage mother.

Excellent as regards quality of script, acting and direction, this film is by turns unbearably sad and hilarious. Admittedly there are some stereotypes: the bigoted nun who feels that since she has kept her vow of chastity, anyone who has succumbed to sex outside marriage must pay the price for ever, or the hard-bitten editor who wants a good story at any price. There has probably been a good deal of dramatic licence in transferring the real characters of Martin Sixsmith and Philomena to the screen, but played by Steve Coogan and Judi Dench their personalities are strongly developed and complex. Coogan plays a man angered by injustice and determined to root it out, won over by the warm, frank and at times surprisingly broad-minded and perceptive Philomena, who does not hold back from commenting on his frequent cynicism, arrogance and dismissive attitude to those he regards as less intelligent. Dench portrays a still deeply religious yet fun-loving woman, whose simplicity and fondness for trashy TV series and happy-ever-after romantic fiction mask shrewd insight and tolerance. She realises the need to forgive others for one's own sake, but is not above passing up the chance to expose wrongdoing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Ian N.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having missed this wonderful film in the cinema, and read the book in the meantime (please see my separate review of the Kindle edition), I have now been able to enjoy it on DVD. I can only echo the very high praise it has rightly received. The film, together with the DVD special feature "The Journey of Philomena", tells much more of Philomena's own story than the book, which concentrates more on her lost son. In this respect the book and the film complement each other very well as two sides of the same coin. I would just add a minor criticism of some possibly misleading comments on the DVD packaging which variously describe it as "funny", a "comedy", and even "hilarious". It is true that there are some great and human "one liners" in it which raise a ready smile, but the film as a whole is far from being a comedy in the normal sense (though perhaps just maybe in the Shakespearean meaning of the word, as having at least a semi-happy ending). On the whole, though, although told with a light touch this is a very serious and thought-provoking story which should not be trivialised. One final point: I have seen a few reservations expressed about Steve Coogan's part in the film. I can only say that I think he is excellent.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The odd couple
Teenager Philomena Lee gets pregnant and gives birth to a baby boy. 4 years later the boy gets taken away and given up for adoption. Read more
Published 46 minutes ago by Mr. R. W. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Philomena
I really enjoyed this film. My friend and I watched it one afternoon and we both liked it. I thought it was very well scripted but we couldn't help feeling dislike for the nuns... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Mrs. A. Belton
5.0 out of 5 stars Philomena
The film came up to the enjoyment as the advertised hype before it was issued .If you enjoyed Tea with Mussolini, Magnificent Marigold Hotel and The Quartet you will most likely... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Ronald Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful film
My wife rates this film as one of the best she has seen. a good old fashioned British film (Great)
Published 9 hours ago by D.R Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite actress
any film that has Judy Dench in is a winner with me and if it makes me laugh and cry as well that's a bonus and this film did
Published 11 hours ago by Jenny Penfold
5.0 out of 5 stars FILM
I HAVE BOUGHT THIS FOR A FRIEND'S BIRTHDAY AS I HAVE SEEN THE FILM AND SHE WANTED TO SEE IT SO I THOUGHT IT WOULD MAKE A NICE GIFT FOR HER
Published 12 hours ago by MARIE GILLIES
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Missed it when it was on at the cinema and was really looking forward to watching the DVD. I wasn't disappointed.
Published 1 day ago by suemckinney
4.0 out of 5 stars Well acted - difficult subject
Hardly a fast moving or uplifting film but given the subject matter couldn't expect it to be. Enjoyable with fantastic acting.
Published 1 day ago by Mrs KJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film
A very moving and poignant film, delivered fast and was the perfect gift for a family member. Would recommend to watch
Published 1 day ago by Alice Milnes
5.0 out of 5 stars philomena
What a remarkable film Brilliant very sad worth seeing
definitely recommend it
As it is what really happened thank you
Published 1 day ago by Elizabeth Kennedy
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